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EPA cites ADM for clean-air violations

Release Date: 03/16/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA027

CHICAGO (Mar. 16, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Archer Daniels Midland Co. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's chemical plant at 4666 Faries Parkway, Decatur, Ill.

EPA alleges that ADM violated federal hazardous air pollutant rules at its vitamin E production operation. EPA discovered the alleged violations during an inspection of the plant last December.

"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."

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

Hazardous air pollutants may cause serious health effects, including birth defects and cancer. They may cause harmful environmental and ecological effects.