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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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U.S. EPA REG 5 NEWS:  MI EPCRA SETTLEMENT
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Legal Contact: David Mucha
(312) 886-9032

Technical Contact: James Entzminger
(312) 886-4062

Media Contact: Mick Hans
(312) 353-5050


For Immediate Release: April 17, 1998

No. 98-OPA108

EPA SETTLES WITH EXCEL CIRCUITS FOR CHEMICAL REPORTING VIOLATIONS; 
INCLUDES $9,750 FINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently signed an
agreement with Excel Circuits Inc.
(Lake Orion, MI), for violation of Federal laws on the reporting of
hazardous chemicals. The company will pay a
$9,750 fine and complete a supplemental environmental project to reduce
water consumption and thermal
discharges to Detroit's municipal water treatment- system.

During a routine February 1996 inspection, EPA learned the company had never
submitted forms required for the
storage of hazardous chemicals to the State emergency response commission,
the local emergency planning
committee, or the local fire department. Two of the stored chemicals, nitric
acid and sulfuric acid, are extremely
hazardous and were present in quantities which exceeded EPA's minimum
reporting requirements. 

Following the inspection, Excel submitted the appropriate forms for 1993,
1994, and 1995. The company has
continued to maintain compliance since the 1996 inspection.

Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, owners and
operators of facilities must submit
forms for certain hazardous chemicals to the proper authorities by March 1
every year. 

The environmental project requires the company to upgrade 10 transformers at
a cost of at least $104,178 by June
1, 2000. The new transformers will significantly reduce the company's water
consumption. They will also reduce
thermal discharges into Detroit's municipal water-treatment system by nearly
4.5 million gallons per year--thus
reducing the demand for clean water and the use of the municipal treatment
system.

Since 1989, EPA Region 5 has filed 165 separate complaints for hazardous
chemical reporting violations, resulting
in 154 settlements with $4.02 million in total fines and $1.52 million in
environmental projects.
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