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EPA cites Arkema for clean-air violations

Release Date: 7/7/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA109

CHICAGO (July 7, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Arkema Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's chemical manufacturing plant at 17168 W. Jefferson Ave., Riverview, Mich.

EPA alleges that Arkema failed to comply with federal calibration and leak detection monitoring regulations at the plant, which emits hazardous air pollutants. In addition, EPA said the company violated its state operating permit and federal regulations by not plugging open-ended lines and valves.

"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur. "We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act."

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit against the company. Arkema has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Hazardous air pollutants may cause serious health effects, including birth defects and cancer. They may also cause harmful environmental and ecological effects.

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