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EPA cites Intrametco for clean-air violations
Release Date: 4/07/2005
William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO (Apr. 7, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against Intrametco Processing Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's aluminum recovery plant at 1901 W. Louisiana St., Evansville, Ind. EPA proposed an $80,300 penalty.
EPA alleges that during testing Intrametco released almost 60 times the amount of dioxins and furans allowed by federal regulations. In addition, EPA said the company failed to meet the federal deadline for demonstrating compliance with dioxin and furan emissions limits.
Intrametco has 30 days from receipt of the complaint to file an answer and request a hearing. The company may request an informal conference with EPA at any time 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.