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Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 16:47:46 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200001132147.QAA31586@mountain.epa.gov>
From: kelley.jeff@EPA.GOV
Subject: EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH DOW CHEMICAL; INCLUDES $82,834 FINE

U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Media Contact: Helen Lenart
(312) 353-6058
Technical Contact: James Entzminger
(312) 886-4062
Legal Contact: Reg Pallesen
(312) 886-0555
For Immediate Release: January 13, 2000
No. 00-OPA008
EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH DOW CHEMICAL; INCLUDES $82,834
FINE
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
recently reached an agreement with the Dow Chemical Co.
resolving an administrative complaint alleging that Dow had
violated Federal law by failing to timely report releases
of hazardous chemical substances from Dow's Midland, MI,
facility on four separate occasions between November 1997
and May 1999.
Under the terms of the settlement, Dow will pay a civil
penalty in the amount of $82,834 and perform environmental
projects valued at $48,446.
In the complaint, EPA alleged that Dow failed to notify
Federal, State, and local response authorities quickly
enough about accidental releases of methyl chloride, vinyl
chloride, and ethylene oxide from Dow's Midland facility.
Dow denied wrongdoing, but cooperated with EPA by providing
information and taking steps to insure that authorities are
notified promptly about any such releases in the future.
In addition to the monetary penalty, Dow agreed to perform
two environmental projects to benefit the local community.
Dow will provide the Midland County Local Emergency
Planning Committee with a mobile generator and emergency
lighting, two laptop computers, and two printers. Dow will
also provide air-monitoring equipment and training to the
Midland Township Fire Department and the City of Midland
Fire Department.
Since 1989, EPA Region 5 has filed 222 complaints that have
resulted in 209 settlements. These settlements have
rendered nearly $5 million in total fines and $3.4 million
in environmental projects.
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