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Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 19:07:51 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: U.S. EPA REGION 5: AIR NEWS
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U.S. EPA REGION 5: AIR NEWS
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Legal Contact: Ivan Lieben
(312) 886-2242

Technical Contact: Newton Ellens
(312) 353-5562

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: December 9, 1998

No. 98-OPA369

EPA CITES DETROIT CHROME FOR CLEAN AIR ACT
VIOLATIONS

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
has recently cited Detroit Chrome Electro Forming
Co. for alleged violations of Federal hazardous air
pollutant regulations at the company's chromium
electroplating plant, 7515 Lyndon St., Detroit, MI.

EPA said the company violated various
recordkeeping, reporting, and testing requirements of
Federal regulations for chromium emissions.

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

"Hazardous air pollutants are potentially a serious
threat to human 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
regulations."

Hexavalent chromium, a highly hazardous
cancer-causing substance, is found in chromic-acid
mist, released into the air as part of the
electroplating process.  Chromic acid is also a
respiratory irritant, whose short-term effects include
coughing and wheezing.  Noncancerous long-term
effects include bronchitis, as well as ulcerations and
perforations of the nasal septum.

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