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EPA, Neoplan USA settle toxic release reporting case

Release Date: 3/29/2004
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      Denver -- The Environmental Protection Agency today announced the settlement of an enforcement action initiated by the Agency against Neopolan U.S.A. Corporation of Lamar, Colo. Neoplan was cited for violations of the Toxic Release Inventory reporting requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

      EPCRA requires regulated facilities to report all emissions and off-site transfers of certain toxic chemicals. Neoplan violated the TRI reporting requirements by failing to file the required reports and by filing inaccurate reports. Neoplan and EPA agreed that the company will pay a penalty of $22,000 and complete a Supplemental Environmental Project that will cost approximately $64,000. Neoplan's SEP will reduce the levels of air pollutants currently being released from its painting operations by substituting water-based paints for solvent-based products and by installing equipment that will reduce emissions of air pollutants into the environment.

      The TRI is a unique online, computerized database that contains annual reports of toxic chemicals released into the environment by businesses throughout the country. It is available for EPA, other government agencies and the public to analyze industries' progress toward reducing pollution. Failure by facilities to report accurate and complete information jeopardizes the integrity of the TRI database. The facility has now submitted all required reports and has made corrections to those reports with inaccurate information.

      Neoplan U.S.A. Corporation manufactures public-use buses for sale in the United States and for export. With more than 500 employees the Lamar facility is the largest employer in southeast Colorado.

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