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Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 18:35:24 -0500 (EST)
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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-OPA187


CHICAGO (Dec. 7, 2001) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 5 has reached an agreement with DMI Automotive Inc. on
alleged violations of federal regulations for chromium, a
hazardous air pollutant, at the company's electroplating
facility, 1200 Durant Drive, Howell, Mich.  EPA assessed a
$10,000 penalty.

The agreement resolves an administrative complaint filed June
6, 2001, alleging that DMI Automotive failed to do timely
performance testing, to timely submit an operation and
maintenance plan, and to maintain records.

"EPA's goal is to get companies to comply voluntarily with the
Clean Air Act," said EPA Region 5 Administrator Thomas V.
Skinner.  "But for those that don't, we will continue to take
enforcement actions like this one."

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.

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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