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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 11:22:38 -0400 (EDT)
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From: JEFF KELLEY <KELLEY.JEFF@epamail.epa.gov>
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Subject: EPA CITES JENNINGS PUMP; INCLUDES $24,600 FINE
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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: Louise Gross
(312) 886-6844

Technical Contact: Joseph Cardile
(312) 353-2151

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: May 18, 1999

No. 99-OPA139

EPA CITES JENNINGS PUMP; INCLUDES $24,600 FINE

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
has recently filed an administrative complaint against
Jennings Pump Co. for alleged violations of Federal
regulations on chromium--a hazardous air
pollutant--at its electroplating plant, 19175 Mount
Elliott Rd., Detroit, MI.  A $24,600 penalty is
proposed.

EPA said Jennings failed to do an initial compliance
test in 1996 and failed to keep required records.

Jennings has 30 days from receipt of the complaint
to file an answer and request a hearing.  It may
request an informal conference to discuss the
allegations and how to resolve them anytime.

"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 to the atmosphere 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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