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EPA cites Morton International for clean-air violations

Release Date: 5/23/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA070

CHICAGO (May 23, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Morton International Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's salt processing plant at 151 S. Industrial St., Rittman, Ohio.

EPA alleges Morton modified an air pollution source without getting a state permit, and did not comply with standards for newly modified pollution sources by failing to adequately maintain its equipment. In addition, the company failed to show timely compliance with particulate (smoke, ash, dust) limits and failed to meet notification and testing requirements.

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

Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can affect children, the elderly and people with heart and lung diseases the most.

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