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Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 17:52:01 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200004262152.RAA06198@mountain.epa.gov>
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From: kelley.jeff@epa.gov

Subject: EPA & DOJ SETTLE WITH FORD; INCLUDES $1.1 MILLION FINE & AN 
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT
Status: U

U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Media Contact: William Omohundro
(312) 353-8254
Technical Contact: Michelle Farley
(312) 886-6778
Jennifer Darrow
(312) 886-6315
Legal Contact: Cynthia King
(312) 886-6831
For Immediate Release: April 26, 2000
No. 00-OPA082

EPA & DOJ SETTLE WITH FORD; INCLUDES $1.1 MILLION FINE & AN
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 and the
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have recently reached
agreement with Ford Motor Co. on alleged violations of the
Clean Air Act at three Detroit-area assembly plants.
The plants are Wayne Assembly, 37625 Michigan Ave., and
Michigan Truck Assembly, 38303 Michigan Ave., both in
Wayne, MI, and Dearborn Assembly, 3001 Miller Rd.,
Dearborn, MI.

The agreement, which includes a $1.1 million penalty and an
environmental project expected to cost more than $12
million, resolves a complaint issued at the same time
alleging that Ford failed to comply with permit
requirements and emission limits for volatile organic
compounds (VOC's)--precursors of ground-level ozone
(smog)-- at all three assembly plants.

Ford must pay one-third of the $1.1 million penalty to the
United States, one-third to the Michigan general fund, and
one-third to Wayne County.

The consent decree incorporates Ford's plan to close its
existing Dearborn Assembly plant by October 31 and to move
its assembly operations to a new plant being built next to
the existing plant. In addition, at its Wayne Assembly and
Michigan Truck Assembly plants, Ford undertook actions
necessary to comply with air regulations, including
obtaining the required permits and installing air pollution
control equipment.

As its environmental project, Ford will install a
waterborne primer system at the new Dearborn Assembly plant
that will replace a previously permitted solvent-based
primer system in the guidecoat booth. The waterborne
primer system will significantly cut VOC emissions at the
new Dearborn Assembly plant. Ford has also agreed to take
lower VOC emission limits in its permit for the new
Dearborn Assembly plant. This will be one of the first
high volume light duty truck facilities in the United
States to use waterborne primer.

VOC's combine in the air on warm, sunny days with other
chemicals to form ground-level ozone, or smog. Smog can
cause breathing problems, reduced lung function, eye
irritation, stuffy nose, and reduced resistance to colds
and other infections. Ozone can aggravate asthma and may
speed up aging of lung tissue. Children, the elderly, and
people with heart and lung diseases are the most sensitive.

"The Detroit area achieved the health-based standard for
ozone in March 1995 after being out of compliance since the
1970's," said Bharat Mathur, director of the regional Air
and Radiation Division. "EPA's goal is to ensure that
Detroit continues to have air quality that meets this
health-based standard."

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