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ate: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 15:38:41 -0600
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Subject: EPA CITES CONSUMERS RECYCLING FOR CLEAN-AIR AND CLEAN -WATER 
VIOLATIONS
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                U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT:   (Media) William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254
            (Technical- Air) Joseph Cardile, (312) 353-2151
            (Technical- Water) Beth Henning, (312) 886-5892
            (Legal) Richard Clarizio, (312) 886-0559

For Immediate Release                              No. [01-OPA034]

EPA CITES CONSUMERS RECYCLING FOR CLEAN-AIR AND CLEAN -WATER
VIOLATIONS

CHICAGO (MARCH 21, 2001) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against Consumers
Recycling, Inc., for alleged violations of clean-air and clean-
water regulations at the company's scrap metal processing plant,
7777 W. Chicago Ave., Detroit, Mich.  EPA proposed a $202,270
penalty.

The EPA complaint alleges that Consumers Recycling violated the
Clean Air Act by  improperly disposing of appliances containing
ozone-depleting refrigerants.  The complaint also alleges the
company violated the Clean Water Act by failing to have an oil
spill prevention, control and countermeasures plan.

Consumers Recycling has until April 24, 2001, to file an answer
and request a hearing.  It may request an informal conference to
discuss the allegations anytime.

Chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants deplete the stratospheric, or
"good," ozone layer allowing dangerous amounts of cancer-causing
ultraviolet rays from the sun to strike the earth.  Production of
some of these chemicals was stopped in 1995, and federal law
strictly controls their use and handling.


About Consumers Recycling, Inc.
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Consumers Recycling is a Michigan corporation with its principal
place of business in Detroit.  The company is the owner and
operator of the facility at 7777 W. Chicago Ave.  It processes
scrap metal, including refrigerators and small appliances that
have been disposed of by their original owners.  Consumers
Recycling has owned and operated the facility since April 1983.
Baby Creek and the Detroit and Rouge rivers are navigable waters
located within five miles of the company's facility.


About EPA
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Founded in 1970, EPA is responsible for protecting the environment
and human health. The Agency enforces air, water, and land laws
and ensures that designated health standards are met. EPA Region 5
includes six Great Lakes states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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