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EPA reaches agreement with Del's Metal on clean-air violations

Release Date: 01/10/2007
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 07-OPA04

CHICAGO (Jan. 10, 2007) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Del's Metal Co. on alleged clean-air violations at the company's facility at 1605 1st St., Rock Island, Ill.

The agreement, which includes a $40,000 penalty, resolves EPA allegations that Del's Metal failed to test its furnace emissions for dioxins and furans. EPA also alleged that the company did not comply with planning, notification and recordkeeping requirements. Del's Metal no longer operates the furnaces.

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

Information on EPA Region 5's air enforcement program is at Potential environmental violations may be reported at

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