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Date: Tue, 19 May 1998 15:50:10 -0400 (EDT)
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U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Legal Contact: Lillian Pinzon
(312) 886-5114

Technical Contact: Farro Assadi
(312) 886-1424

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: May 19, 1998

No. 98-OPA145

EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH TIODIZE; INCLUDES $40,388 FINE

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently
reached agreement with Tiodize Michigan, Inc., on alleged clean-air
violations at its metal-coating plant, 28966 Wall St., Wixom, MI.  The
agreement includes a $40,388 penalty.

EPA cited Tiodize in March for exceeding State limits on volatile organic
compounds (VOC's) contained in coatings and in emissions from its two
surface-coating lines.

EPA notified Tiodize last September that it had violated Michigan
regulations by using VOC coatings that exceeded the State limit and by
allowing VOC emissions that exceeded permit limits.

EPA believes that Tiodize has remedied these violations by reformulating
coatings used at the plant and is now in compliance with emission
standards.  Tiodize has agreed to submit quarterly compliance reports to
EPA.

VOC's combine in the atmosphere with other chemicals on hot summer
days to form ground-level ozone, or smog.   Smog 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.  Children, the elderly, and people
with heart and lung diseases are the most sensitive.

"The Detroit area achieved the health-based standard for ozone in March
1995, after being out of compliance since the 1970's," said David Kee,
director of the regional Air and Radiation Division.  "EPA's goal is to
ensure that Detroit continues to have air quality that meets this
health-based standard."

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