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EPA cites H. Kramer for clean-air violations

Release Date: 7/6/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA106

CHICAGO (July 6, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited H. Kramer and Co. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's bronze manufacturing plant at 1339-1359 W. 21st St., Chicago, Ill.

EPA alleges that H. Kramer failed to comply with testing and notification requirements when it installed furnaces used in melting scrap to make bronze. In addition, EPA said that a June 9 test of opacity (the amount of light obscured by smoke particles) exceeded the 20 percent allowable limit by 0.4 percent.

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

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