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EPA cites Checkmate Boats for clean-air violations

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

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA086

CHICAGO (June 6, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Checkmate Boats Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's boat manufacturing plant at 3691 State Route 4 N., Bucyrus, Ohio.

EPA alleges that Checkmate uses fiberglass resins, gel coats, solvents and adhesives in its manufacturing processes that contain excessive amounts of hazardous air pollutants. In addition, EPA said the company failed to comply with reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Acting 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 company. The company 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.

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