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                 U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE
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CONTACT:William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 03-OPA107

EPA Cites Strong Steel for Clean-air Violations

CHICAGO (July 7, 2003) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
has filed an administrative complaint against Strong Steel Products LLC
for violations of EPA regulations to protect stratospheric ozone at the
company's scrap metal processing plant, 6464 Strong St., Detroit, Mich.

"We're alleging Strong Steel disposed of appliances containing
stratospheric-ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants, or 'CFCs,'
without recovering the CFCs or verifying that they had already been
removed," said EPA Region 5 Administrator Thomas V. Skinner. He said
Strong Steel also failed to keep required records.

The company 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.

When CFC refrigerants deplete the stratospheric ozone layer, dangerous
amounts of cancer-causing ultraviolet rays from the sun strike the earth.
Production of some of these chemicals was stopped in 1995, and federal law
strictly controls their use and handling.

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