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                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT: (Media) William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254
          (Technical) Joseph Cardile, (312) 353-2151
          (Legal) Janet Carlson, (312) 886-6059

For Immediate Release                             No. 01-OPA112


CHICAGO (JULY 16, 2001) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against DMI
Automotive Inc. for alleged violations of federal regulations
on chromium, a hazardous air pollutant, at the company's
electroplating facility, 1200 Durant Drive, Howell, Mich.  EPA
proposed an $87,000 penalty.

The EPA complaint alleges that DMI Automotive failed to do
timely performance testing, to timely submit an operation and
maintenance plan, and to maintain records.

DMI Automotive has until July 30 to file an answer to the
complaint and request a hearing.  It may request an informal
conference with EPA at any time to discuss the allegations.

"EPA will take all necessary steps to ensure compliance with
hazardous air pollutant regulations," said Cheryl Newton,
acting director of the regional Air and Radiation Division.
"Hazardous air pollutants are a serious threat to human 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 shortûterm effects include coughing
and wheezing.

Noncancerous long-term effects include bronchitis, as well as
ulcerations and perforations of the nasal septum.

About EPA
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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