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Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 09:49:01 -0400
Subject: [r5news] EPA Cites City of Detroit for Clean-air Violations
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                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT:William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 02-OPA103

EPA Cites City of Detroit for Clean-air Violations

CHICAGO (August 16, 2002) ó U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
has filed an administrative complaint against the city of Detroitís
department of public works for alleged violations of federal regulations
on asbestos, a hazardous air pollutant.  EPA proposed a $49,500 penalty.

EPA alleges the city of Detroit did not follow proper asbestos-removal
procedures when  city-owned properties were demolished at 12750 W. Grand
River, 14845 Mack Ave., 21231 Fenkell St., 22351 Fenkell St., and 8042
Michigan Ave.  Specifically, the city failed to give EPA prior written
notification, to adequately remove all regulated asbestos-containing
material before demolition, and to wet the material after removal.

The city has 30 days from receipt of the complaint to file an answer and
request a hearing.  It may request an informal conference with EPA at any
time to discuss how to resolve the allegations.

Asbestos is a known cancer-producing substance that can cause
mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer, and asbestosis, a lung disease, many
years after exposure.
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