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EPA cites Anchor for clean-air violations

Release Date: 8/16/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA148

CHICAGO (Aug. 16, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Anchor Hocking CG Operating Co. LLC/Global Home Products LLC (Anchor) for alleged clean-air violations at the company's glass manufacturing plant at 1115 W. Fifth St., Lancaster, Ohio.

EPA alleges that Anchor modified the plant causing a significant increase in particulate (smoke, dust, ash) emissions without getting a state permit that would require adequate emission controls.

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

Inhaling high concentrations of dust can affect children, the elderly and people with heart and lung diseases the most.

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