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EPA cites Georgia-Pacific for clean-air violations

Release Date: 4/22/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA050

CHICAGO (Apr. 22, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Georgia-Pacific Corp. For alleged clean-air violations at the company's hardboard manufacturing plant at 1220 W. Railroad St., Duluth, Minn.

EPA alleges Georgia-Pacific modified a boiler to burn more wood waste and less natural gas causing an increase in emissions of particulates (smoke, dust, ash) without meeting federal and state notification, testing, monitoring and emission control requirements.

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. Georgia-Pacific has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

"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."

Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can affect children, the elderly and people with heart and lung diseases the most.

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