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EPA reaches agreement with Godfrey Marine Syracuse on clean-air violations

Release Date: 10/19/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 06-OPA190

CHICAGO (Oct. 19, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Godfrey Marine Syracuse on alleged clean-air violations at the company's aluminum boat manufacturing plant at 300 E. Chicago St., Syracuse, Ind.

The agreement, which includes a $45,853 penalty, resolves EPA allegations that Godfrey emitted excessive amounts of hazardous air pollutants from its coating operation. In addition, EPA said the company failed to comply with reporting requirements.

Beginning in February, Godfrey took steps to reduce its air emissions, including using paints and solvents with low hazardous air pollutant content. As a result, the company achieved compliance with air pollution emission limits by the end of August.

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

Information about EPA Region 5's air enforcement program is at http:// Potential environmental violations may be reported at

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