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Ford busted on hazardous waste violations

               U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT:Karen Thompson, (312)353-8547

For Immediate Release
No. 03-OPA022

EPA, Ford Agree to Resolve Hazardous Waste Violations at 14 Assembly
Plants

CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2003)   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled
  an administrative complaint against Ford Motor Co. for alleged hazardous
waste violations at 14 U.S. auto assembly plants.  A $244,000 penalty will
be paid and Ford will bring all of its plants into compliance with EPA
requirements.

The complaint was initially issued by EPA Region 5 under the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act to the Ford facility in Avon, Ohio. Region 5
also added Ford painting and waste storage systems in Chicago, St. Paul,
Minn., Dearborn, Wixom and Wayne (two facilities), Mich., to the
complaint.  EPA Regions 2, 3, 4 and 7 joined in the agreement that
involves Ford  plants in Hapeville, Ga.; Edison, N.J.; Claycomo and
Hazelwood, Mo.; Louisville, Ky. (two facilities); and Norfolk, Va.

EPA cited the automaker for not monitoring for leaks from the equipment
used to paint vehicles and for not keeping records of monitoring
practices. Ford was also cited for not assessing and inspecting the
integrity of equipment and secondary containment systems.

EPA regulates the safe handling, transportation, treatment and disposal of
hazardous waste, from its origin to its final disposal.

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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