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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 11:21:56 -0400 (EDT)
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From: JEFF KELLEY <KELLEY.JEFF@epamail.epa.gov>
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Subject: EPA CITES A&W CUSTOM CHROME FOR CLEAN AIR VIOLATIONS
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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: Susan Tennenbaum
(312) 886-0273

Technical Contact: Spiros Bourgikos
(312) 886-6862

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: May 18, 1999

No. 99-OPA137

EPA CITES A&W CUSTOM CHROME FOR CLEAN AIR
VIOLATIONS

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
has recently cited A&W Custom Chrome, Inc., for
alleged violations of Federal regulations on
chromium--a hazardous air pollutant--at the
company's electroplating plant, 17726 East Nine Mile
Rd., Detroit, MI.

EPA said A&W failed to comply with testing
requirements of Federal regulations for
decorative-chrome plating tanks and anodizing tanks,
effective Jan. 25, 1997.

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.  A&W has 30 days from receipt of the
finding to request a meeting to discuss the
allegations and how to resolve them.

"EPA is committed to enforcing regulations for
hazardous air pollutants, to protect public health and
the environment," said Richard Karl, 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."

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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