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For Immediate Release
No. 04-OPA024

EPA reaches agreement with demolition contractors on clean-air violations

CHICAGO (Mar. 26, 2004) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
has reached an agreement with Demolition Contractors Inc., 675 Richmond
St. N.W., Grand Rapids, Mich., on alleged violations of federal and state
clean-air regulations.

"As part of the agreement, Demolition Contractors will protect the health
of its neighbors by improving dust control at its concrete crushing plant
in Walker, Mich.," said EPA Region 5 Administrator Thomas V. Skinner.
Skinner said the improvements will cost the company at least $46,000. This
is in addition to a civil penalty of $55,000.

Companies that violate the Clean Air Act may voluntarily propose
environmental projects as part of their settlements. EPA may reduce
monetary penalties if it believes a project will cut pollution
significantly and goes beyond what is required by EPA regulations.

An EPA administrative complaint filed at the same time alleged that
Demolition Contractors had failed to comply with federal asbestos
regulations at several demolition sites and with state regulations
limiting dust levels at its Walker crushing plant.

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.

Inhaling high concentrations of dust can affect children, the elderly and
people with heart and lung diseases the most.

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