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Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 15:26:53 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200004131926.PAA20400@mountain.epa.gov>
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From: kelley.jeff@epa.gov
Subject: EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH DETROIT COMPANY; INCLUDES $3,000 FINE
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U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254
Technical Contact: Jennifer Darrow
(312) 886-6315
Legal Contact: Ann Coyle
(312) 886-2248
For Immediate Release: April 13, 2000
No. 00-OPA069
EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH DETROIT COMPANY; INCLUDES $3,000
FINE

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has
recently reached agreement with Northwest Detroit
Neighborhood Development, Inc., Detroit, MI, on alleged
violations of Federal regulations on asbestos--a hazardous
air pollutant--related to the demolition of buildings on
six Detroit properties in 1998. A $3,000 penalty was
assessed.

The agreement resolves an EPA administrative complaint
issued in September 1999, alleging that Northwest Detroit,
the owner of six properties on which buildings were
demolished, failed to notify EPA of its intent to demolish
the buildings before starting demolition. All six
properties are on Fenkell Street: numbers 20531, 20601,
20615, 20619, and 20635-37.

"EPA is committed to enforcing the asbestos regulations to
protect public health and the environment," said Bharat
Mathur, director of the regional Air and Radiation
Division. "We will take whatever steps are necessary to
ensure that companies comply with Federal regulations."
Asbestos is a known carcinogen that can cause mesothelioma
(a type of lung cancer) and asbestosis (a lung disease)
many years after exposure.
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