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E-M:/ ChemRex in Mattawan Busted



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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Legal Contact: Thomas Krueger
(312) 886-0562

Technical Contact: Farro Assadi
(312) 886-1424

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: May 5, 1998

No. 98-OPA126

EPA CITES CHEMREX FOR AIR POLLUTION

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently cited
ChemRex Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at its adhesive production
plant, 23930 Concord St., Mattawan, MI.

(Chemrex makes adhesives for the construction industry at the plant.)

EPA said volatile organic chemical (VOC) emissions from two adhesive-
production lines were above limits set by the facility's State permits.  The
violations were discovered during a State inspection last June.

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.

"EPA's goal is to protect public health and the environment, and we will
take all necessary steps to ensure compliance with clean-air
regulations," said David Kee, director of the regional Air and Radiation
Division.

VOC's combine in the atmosphere with other chemicals to form
ground-level ozone, which can cause breathing problems, reduced lung
function, eye irritation, stuffy nose, and reduced resistance to colds and
other infections.  Ozone can aggravate asthma and may speed up aging
of lung tissue. 

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