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Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 16:53:44 -0400 (EDT)
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From: kelley.jeff@epa.gov

Subject: EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH ADAMS PLATING; INCLUDES $6,250 FINE & 
$29,625 PROJECT

U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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Media Contact: William Omohundro(312) 353-8254
Technical Contact: Manojkumar Patel(312) 353-3565
Legal Contact: Thomas Krueger(312) 886-0562
For Immediate Release: August 08, 2000
No. 00-OPA176

EPA REACHES AGREEMENT WITH ADAMS PLATING; INCLUDES $6,250
FINE & $29,625 PROJECT

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has
recently reached an agreement with Adams Plating Co.
resolving alleged violations of Federal regulations on
chromium--a hazardous air pollutant--at the company's
electroplating plant, 521 North Rosemary St., Lansing, MI.

The agreement, which includes a $6,250 penalty and a
$29,625 environmental project, resolves an EPA
administrative complaint filed last March, alleging Adams
Plating failed to comply with Federal work practice,
planning, monitoring, and recordkeeping standards.

As its environmental project, the company has agreed to
install and operate by October 15 an upgraded blower system
to cut emissions from its plating operations. Adams
Plating estimates that, by adding this system, it will get
99.8 percent efficiency in controlling emissions at the
plant.

Companies may voluntarily propose supplemental
environmental projects to be included in their settlements.
EPA has the discretion to reduce monetary penalties if it
believes a project will cut pollution significantly and the
project goes beyond what is required by EPA regulations.

"We are pleased that Adams Plating has agreed to install a
pollution-control system that will significantly reduce
chromium emissions from its plant," said Bharat Mathur,
director of the regional Air and Radiation Division. "This
is an important action to protect public health and the
environment."

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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