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Subject: EPA CITES ROUGE STEEL FOR AIR POLLUTION
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U.S. EPA REGION 5: AIR NEWS
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Legal Contact: Gaylene Vasaturo
(312) 886-1811

Technical Contact: Christina Prasinos
(312) 886-6819

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: January 8, 1999

No. 99-OPA006

EPA CITES ROUGE STEEL FOR AIR POLLUTION

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
has recently cited Rouge Steel Co. for alleged
violations of federally enforceable State clean-air
regulations at the company's plant, 3001 Miller Rd.,
Dearborn, MI.

EPA said visible emissions of particulates (smoke,
ash, dust) from two blast furnaces, a blast-furnace
stove stack and gas bleeder, and the basic oxygen
process exceeded State standards for opacity (the
amount of light obscured) during EPA inspections in
September and October. 

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 and seek injunctive relief and penalties. 
Rouge Steel has 30 days to request a meeting with
EPA to discuss the allegations and how to resolve
them.  EPA said it is working with the Wayne County
Air Quality Management Divison to resolve the
violations.

"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."

Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can
affect children, the elderly, and people with heart
and lung diseases the most. 

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