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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Another example of enforcement being carried out by the feds
that really should be under the enforcement lead of MDEQ and
Wayne County.....

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Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 14:51:48 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: U.S. EPA REGION 5: AIR NEWS
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U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Legal Contact: Brad Beeson
(312) 353-8919

Technical Contact: Jeffrey L. Gahris
(312) 886-6794

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: April 30, 1998

No. 98-OPA123

EPA CITES CITY MEDICAL WASTE SERVICES FOR AIR POLLUTION

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently cited
City Medical Waste Services, Inc., for alleged clean-air violations at the
company's commercial medical waste incinerator, 3900 Christopher
Ave., Hamtramck, MI, in the Detroit area.

EPA said a stack test last November showed City Medical exceeded
State emission limits for mercury, a toxic air pollutant.  

This is a preliminary finding of violations.  To resolve these violations,
EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty, or
bring suit against the company.  The company has 30 days to request a
meeting to discuss the allegations and how to resolve them.

"Mercury emissions are potentially a serious threat to human health and
the environment," said David Kee, director of the regional Air and
Radiation Division.  "We will take all necessary steps to ensure that
companies comply with the regulations." 

Mercury tends to bioaccumulate in organisms and persist at high levels in
some areas of the Great Lakes.  Eating contaminated fish is how most
people are commonly exposed to mercury, which is very toxic, even in
small doses.  It affects the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver. 

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