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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

That soon-to-be-foreign car company, Chrysler, is busted for
freon release violations....


Legal Contact: Timothy Chapman
(312) 886-6829

Technical Contact: Joseph Cardile
(312) 353-2151

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: July 10, 1998

No. 98-OPA205


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently cited
Chrysler Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at the Chrysler
Technology Center, 800 Chrysler Dr. East, Auburn Hills, MI.

EPA said Chrysler knowingly released ozone-depleting refrigerants into
the air on November 11, 1997, during routine maintenance of the
center's air-conditioning system.

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

"EPA is committed to enforcing clean-air regulations to protect public
health and the environment," said Stephen Rothblatt, acting director of
the regional Air and Radiation Division.  "We will take all necessary
steps to ensure that companies comply with the Clean Air Act." 
Chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants deplete the stratospheric ("good")
ozone layer, which prevents dangerous amounts of cancer-causing
ultraviolet rays from the sun reaching the earth.  Production of some of
these chemicals was stopped in 1995, and Federal law strictly controls
their use and handling.  Releasing them into the air is forbidden under
the Clean Air Act.

Information on compliance with the refrigerant recycling rule can be
found on the worldwide web at: www.epa.gov/ozone/ under the
heading "Stationary Refrigerant & AC."


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