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EPA cites Innovene USA for clean-air violations

Release Date: 09/15/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA178

CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Innovene USA LLC for alleged clean-air violations at the company's chemical plant at 1900 Fort Amanda Road, Lima, Ohio.

EPA alleges that Innovene failed to comply with federal leak detection and repair requirements at its plant. Innovene is subject to the requirements because it uses hazardous air pollutants in its chemical manufacturing processes.

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

Hazardous air pollutants may cause serious health effects, including birth defects and cancer. They may also cause harmful environmental and ecological effects.