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EPA cites Concast Birmingham for clean-air violations

Release Date: 02/03/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

No. 06-OPA019

CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Concast Birmingham Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's bronze ingot production plant at 14315 state Route 113, Birmingham, Ohio.

EPA alleges that Concast violated performance standards for new pollution sources by failing to test one of its electric melting furnaces for opacity (the amount of light obscured by smoke particles) and for operating the furnace without determining that it meets opacity limits. The alleged violations were discovered through an EPA information request.

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

Inhaling high concentrations of particulates (dust, smoke, ash) can affect children, the elderly and people with heart and lung diseases the most.

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