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Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 15:49:53 -0400 (EDT)
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From: kelley.jeff@epa.gov

Subject: EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH DETROIT CHROME; INCLUDES $30,000 FINE

U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Media Contact: William Omohundro(312) 353-8254
Technical Contact: Newton Ellens(312) 353-5562
Legal Contact: Ivan Liebenn(312) 886-2242
For Immediate Release: June 26, 2000
No. 00-OPA139

EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH DETROIT CHROME; INCLUDES $30,000
FINE

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has
recently reached agreement with Detroit Chrome Electro
Forming Co. on alleged violations of Federal hazardous air
pollutant regulations at the company's chromium
electroplating plant, 7515 Lyndon St., Detroit, MI. A
$30,000 penalty was assessed.

The agreement resolves an EPA administrative complaint
filed in August 1999, alleging the company violated various
regulations on recordkeeping, reporting, and testing
requirements for chromium emissions.

"Hazardous air pollutants are a serious threat to human
health and the environment," said Bharat Mathur, director
of the regional Air and Radiation Division. "We will take
all necessary steps to ensure that companies comply with
the regulations."

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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