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Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 03:29:34 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: EPA SETTLES WITH LAKESHORE ELECTRO-PLATE FOR CHEMICAL REPORTING
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From: Jeff Kelley@EPA on 09/30/99 05:07 PM CDT


To:   eparegion5news@unixmail.rtpnc.epa.gov
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Subject:  EPA SETTLES WITH LAKESHORE ELECTRO-PLATE FOR CHEMICAL REPORTING
       VIOLATIONS; INCLUDES $20,992 FINE

U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS
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Legal Contact: Tom Williams
(312) 886-0814

Technical Contact: James Entzminger
(312) 886-4062

Media Contact: Mick Hans
(312) 353-5050


For Immediate Release: September 30, 1999

No. 99-OPA282

EPA SETTLES WITH LAKESHORE ELECTRO-PLATE FOR CHEMICAL
REPORTING VIOLATIONS; INCLUDES $20,992 FINE

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has
recently signed an agreement with Lakeshore Electro-Plate,
Inc. (Stevensville, MI) to settle an administrative
complaint for violating Federal laws on the reporting of
hazardous chemicals.  The company will pay a $20,992 fine.

During an April 1998 inspection at the electroplating
facility, EPA learned that Lakeshore had never provided the
Michigan Emergency Response Commission, the local emergency
planning committee, or the Stevensville Fire Department with
the required 1996 and 1997 forms for reporting hazardous
chemicals stored on-site, including hydrochloric acid and
sulfuric acid.  (Lakeshore later submitted the required
information.  Prior to the citation, the company had
provided the local police with a copy of its site
contingency plan, who in turn, provided it to the
Stevensville Fire Department.)   EPA administers the
reporting requirement under the Emergency Planning and
Community Right-to-Know Act, which requires annual reports
by March 1.

In this case, Lakeshore reported that it had 5,000 lb of
sulfuric acid on-site during 1996, and 8,000 lb on-site in
1997.  The law requires reporting of the chemical when more
than 500 lb are on-site.  Lakeshore also stored 25,000 lb of
hydrochloric acid on-site in 1996 and 55,000 in1997.  The
reporting minimum for hydrochloric acid is 10,000 lb.

"Compliance with the chemical reporting laws is critical,
because fire departments, hospitals, and other authorities
must have the necessary information to respond appropriately
when a release occurs," said regional Superfund director
William Muno.  "Public health, as well as the environment,
is at stake."

Since 1989, EPA Region 5 has filed 215 complaints for
hazardous chemical reporting violations, resulting in 204
settlements with $4.86 million in total fines and $3.09
million in environmental projects.  Since the 1999 fiscal
year began, EPA has filed 23 cases and reached 30
settlements.

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