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EPA reaches agreement with Carmeuse Lime

Release Date: 10/07/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA210

CHICAGO (Oct. 7, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Carmeuse Lime Inc. on alleged clean-air violations at the company's lime manufacturing facility at 3245 E. 103rd St., Chicago. The company will complete a $238,020 environmental project and pay a $47,771 penalty.

The agreement resolves EPA allegations that the plant exceeded its limit for opacity (the amount of sunlight obscured by dust particles) in 2002. EPA also alleged that a kiln and ductwork emitted excessive dust due to poor equipment maintenance. In addition, EPA said the company failed to comply with reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

For its environmental project, Carmeuse will install and operate air pollution control equipment that will cut fugitive dust emissions from a material handling system at the plant. This is in addition to air pollution control measures required to remedy the alleged violations.

"We are pleased that Carmeuse will be installing and operating this additional air pollution control equipment to protect public health and the environment," said Regional Administrator Thomas V. Skinner.

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