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EPA cites Countrymark Cooperative for clean-air violations
Release Date: 10/19/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO (Oct. 19, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Countrymark Cooperative LLP for alleged clean-air violations at the cooperative's petroleum refinery at 1200 Refinery Road, Mount Vernon, Ind.
EPA alleges that Countrymark violated the Clean Air Act by burning fuel gas that contained excessive amounts of hydrogen sulfide. In addition, the cooperative failed to comply with testing, leak repair and other requirements designed to control leaks of hazardous air pollutants.
"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Deputy 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 cooperative. Countrymark has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.
Severe injury and death have been observed with short-term exposures to high levels of hydrogen sulfide. Long-term, low-level exposure may result in fatigue, loss of appetite, headaches, irritability, poor memory, and dizziness.
Hazardous air pollutants may cause serious health effects including birth defects and cancer. They may also cause harmful environmental effects.
Information about EPA Region 5's air enforcement program is at https://www.epa.gov/region5/air/enforce/index.html. Potential environmental violations may be reported at https://www.epa.gov/compliance/complaints.