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From: Jeff Kelley@EPA on 11/18/99 04:30 PM CST


To:   eparegion5news@unixmail.rtpnc.epa.gov
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Subject:  EPA CITES NORBROOK PLATING FOR CLEAN-AIR VIOLATIONS

U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS
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Legal Contact: Hedi Bogda
(312) 886-5825

Technical Contact: Newton Ellens
(312) 353-5562

Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release: November 18, 1999

No. 99-OPA342

EPA CITES NORBROOK PLATING FOR CLEAN-AIR VIOLATIONS

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has
recently cited Norbrook Plating, Inc., for alleged violations
of Federal and State clean-air regulations at the company's
electroplating plant, 11400 East Nine Mile Rd., Warren, MI.

EPA said Norbrook failed to comply with Federal work practice
and monitoring standards for chromium--a hazardous air
pollutant.  In addition, Norbrook installed a sludge dryer and
six acid tanks without first getting a State installation
permit.

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.  Norbrook has 30
days from receipt of the finding to request a meeting with EPA
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
Margaret Guerriero, 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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