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EPA reaches agreement with B and B metals on clean-air violations

Release Date: 07/11/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 06-OPA110

CHICAGO (July 11, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with B & B Metals Processing Co. Inc. on alleged clean-air violations at the company's aluminum recovery plant, 14520 Pioneer Road, Newton, Wis.

The agreement, which includes a $30,000 penalty and an $80,563 environmental project, resolves an EPA complaint filed last September alleging B & B failed to comply with federal testing, notification, monitoring, reporting and recordkeeping requirements for its furnace. EPA said the company did not test the furnace in a timely manner for dioxin and furan emissions.

For its environmental project B & B will pave a roadway to reduce dust emissions at its plant.

There is evidence that dioxins may cause liver damage and probably cause cancer in humans, while furans may also cause cancer.

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