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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 11:27:18 -0500 (EST)
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From: JEFF KELLEY <KELLEY.JEFF@epamail.epa.gov>
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Subject: EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CHEMREX; INCLUDES $42,000 FINE & $24,700
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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: Thomas Krueger
(312) 886-0562

Technical Contact: Farro Assadi
(312) 886-1424

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: March 26, 1999

No. 99-OPA075

EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH CHEMREX;
INCLUDES $42,000 FINE & $24,700 PROJECT

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
has recently reached agreement with Chemrex, Inc.,
on alleged clean-air violations at the company's
adhesive production plant, 23930 Concord,
Mattawan, MI.  

(Chemrex makes adhesives for the construction
industry at the plant.)

Chemrex has agreed to pay a $42,000 penalty and
install and operate a $24,700 vapor-recovery system
that the company estimates will cut volatile organic
compound (VOC) emissions from one of its
adhesive-making processes by up to 17,474 lb per
year.

EPA filed an administrative complaint against the
company last June, alleging that two
adhesive-production lines were emitting VOC's above
limits set by the facility's State permits.  The
violations were discovered during a State inspection
in June 1997.

"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.

VOC's combine in the atmosphere with other
chemicals to form ground-level ozone, which can
cause breathing problems, reduced lung function,
eye irritation, stuffy nose, and reduced resistance to
colds and other infections.  Ozone can aggravate
asthma and may speed up aging of lung tissue.

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