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EPA cites GNW Aluminum for clean-air violations

Release Date: 10/25/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA221

CHICAGO (Oct. 25, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against GNW Aluminum Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's aluminum recovery plant at 1356 Harrisburg Road, Alliance, Ohio. EPA proposed a $104,898 penalty.

EPA alleges that GNW Aluminum failed to comply with federal testing, planning and reporting requirements for its sweat furnace used to reclaim aluminum from scrap. EPA said the company should have tested its furnace for dioxin and furan emissions.

GNW Aluminum has 30 days from receipt of the complaint to file an answer and request a hearing. The company may request an informal conference with EPA at any time to discuss resolving the allegations.

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