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EPA cites Stroh Die Casting for clean-air violations

Release Date: 02/22/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 06-OPA028

CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Stroh Die Casting Co. Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's plant at 11123 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee, Wis.

EPA alleges that Stroh failed to do performance testing on its furnaces used for melting coated aluminum returned by its customers and that it failed to comply with notification and recordkeeping requirements. The alleged violations occurred between January and November 2004. Secondary aluminum plants must test for emissions of dioxins and furans, both hazardous air pollutants.

"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Regional Administrator Thomas V. Skinner. "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. Stroh has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

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

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