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E-M:/ Autoalliance/Mazda in Flat Rock Busted

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

Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 13:24:13 -0400 (EDT)
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Legal Contact:  Alan Walts
                                             (312)  353-8894

                                Technical Contact:  Maynard Shaw
                                             (312)  353-5867

                                    Media Contact:  Heidi Valetkevitch
                                             (312)  886-1303

For Immediate Release:  July 6, 1998
No.  98-OPA196


	U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently =
filed a civil complaint against AutoAlliance International, Inc. (Flat =
Rock, MI), for violation of Federal rules on the reporting of toxic =
chemicals.  EPA is seeking a =2433,100 penalty. =20
	AutoAlliance was cited for failing to maintain and have available =
for inspection the required data on 19 chemicals used at its facility in =
1992.  The chemicals*-classified as toxic under the law*-include benzene, =
ethylbenzene, lead, methanol, toluene, and xylene.
	The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act requires =
certain manufacturers to provide data on specific toxic chemicals being =
manufactured or used at their facilities.  EPA uses this and
other information to update its national toxic-chemicals release=20
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inventory, which is available to the public through various ways, =
including through a national computerized database.  Companies make their =
reports annually to EPA and their State.
	The company has 20 days to request a hearing, but may at any time =
request an informal meeting with EPA to discuss the allegations and to =
arrive at a settlement.

Alex J. Sagady & Associates        Email:  ajs@sagady.com
Environmental Consulting and Database Systems
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