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Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 11:07:42 -0500 (EST)
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From: JEFF KELLEY <KELLEY.JEFF@epamail.epa.gov>
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Subject: EPA CITES ALMOND FOR AIR POLLUTION
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X-Comment: U.S. EPA Region 5 Office of Public Affairs

U.S. EPA REGION 5: AIR NEWS
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Legal Contact: Orelia Merchant
(312) 886-2241

Technical Contact: Joseph Cardile
(312) 353-2151

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: February 12, 1999

No. 99-OPA041

EPA CITES ALMOND FOR AIR POLLUTION

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
has recently cited Almond Corp. for alleged violations
of Federal and federally enforceable State clean-air
regulations at the company's paint coating plant,
6435 Schamber Dr., Muskegon, MI.

EPA said volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions
from the plant's paint coating lines exceeded
permitted levels in an area that does not meet
health-based standards for ground-level ozone
(smog).  VOC's combine in the air with other
chemicals to form ground-level ozone.  

One coating line was built without a State
installation permit.  The company violated Federal
regulations by failing to get a renewable permit to
operate.

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.  EPA and the company had a telephone
conference Jan. 26 to discuss the allegations and
how to resolve them.

"EPA's goal is to protect public health and the
environment, and we will take all necessary steps to
ensure compliance with clean-air regulations," said
Richard Karl, acting director of the regional Air and
Radiation Division. 

Ground-level ozone can cause breathing problems,
asthma attacks, eye irritation, and stuffy nose.  It
can also reduce lung function and resistance to colds
and other infections and may speed up aging of lung
tissue.  Children, the elderly, and those with existing
lung problems are the most susceptible.

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