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EPA cites PPG Industries for clean-air violations

Release Date: 04/27/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,


CHICAGO (April 27, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited PPG Industries Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's chemical manufacturing plant at 4829 Fairland Road, Barberton, Ohio.

EPA alleges that PPG failed to comply with a 1-pound per hour permitted emission limit on volatile organic compounds from its air stripper, which removes the VOCs from wastewater by contacting the water with air. Tests done in January and February at EPA's request showed VOC emissions as high as 8.8 pounds per hour.

"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. PPG has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog. Smog is formed when a mixture of air pollutants is baked in the hot summer sun. Smog can cause a variety of respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain. People with asthma, children and the elderly are especially at risk, but these health concerns are important to everyone.

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