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EPA cites Top Die for clean-air violations

Release Date: 12/02/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

No. 05-OPA254

EPA cites Top Die for clean-air violations

CHICAGO (Dec. 2, 2005) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Top Die Casting Co. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's secondary aluminum production plant at 13910 Dearborn St., South Beloit, Ill.

EPA alleges that Top Die failed to test its emissions for dioxins and furans. In addition, EPA alleges that the company failed to comply with notification and reporting requirements.

"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. Top Die 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, while furans may also cause cancer.

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