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Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 18:36:59 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: EPA CITES STRONG STEEL FOR CLEAN-AIR AND HAZARDOUS-WASTE VIOLATIONS
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                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT: (Media) William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254
          (Technical - CAA) Joseph Cardile, (312) 353-2151
          (Technical - RCRA) George Opek, (312) 886-1423
          (Legal) Richard Clarizio, (312) 886-0559

For Immediate Release                            No. 01-OPA188

EPA CITES STRONG STEEL FOR CLEAN-AIR AND HAZARDOUS-WASTE
VIOLATIONS

CHICAGO (Dec. 7, 2001) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against Strong
Steel Co. for alleged violations of clean air and hazardous
waste regulations at the company's scrap metal processing
plant, 6464 Strong St., Detroit, Mich.  EPA proposed a $513,150
penalty.

The complaint alleges that Strong Steel violated the Clean Air
Act by failing to adequately verify that ozone depleting
refrigerants were recovered from appliances prior to final
disposal and by failing to keep records of its efforts to
recover or verify refrigerant recovery.   The complaint also
alleges the company violated the Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act by improperly handling and managing used oil and
hazardous waste.

Strong Steel has 30 days to file an answer to the complaint and
request a hearing.  It may request an informal conference to
discuss the allegations anytime.

"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."

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.

Soil samples take at the Strong Steel plant showed excessive
levels of hazardous wastes, including benzene, chlorobenzene,
dichlorobenzene, dichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene,
trichloroethylene, lead, arsenic, cadmium, barium and chromium.

About Strong Steel
Strong Steel buys scrap metal products and shreds them to
recover metallic content.  It receives and processes scrap
metal from industrial companies, municipalities, peddlers and
private individuals.  The company receives cars and equipment
that contain, among other things, gasoline, oil, batteries,
anti freeze and refrigerants.  It began operations at the
Strong Street plant in March 1997.

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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