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Clearly, a call to action for the P2 community....

P2TECHies --

The following press release from EPA Region 5 came across my inbox this
a.m., and I have to say that upon reading it, I felt an immediate bias
for action.  

I think that we ought to descend en-masse upon the facility and offer to
help them with their emissions problems.  

Of course the first step in helping such a facility is to become
intimately familiar with their processes and, more importantly, their

Any other volunteers??  

Have a good weekend.

Scott Butner 
Director, ChemAlliance
c/o Pacific NW National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA  99352
Voice: (509)-372-4946/Fax: (509) 375-2443
Website: http://www.chemalliance.org/
E-mail: scott.butner@pnl.gov 

-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Reshkin [mailto:reshkin.karen@epamail.epa.gov] 
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 10:23 AM
To: Butner, R Scott
Subject: [r5news] EPA cites Blommer Chocolate for clean-air violations

CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             
No. 05-OPA234

EPA cites Blommer Chocolate for clean-air violations

CHICAGO (Nov. 2, 2005) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
has cited Blommer Chocolate Co. for alleged clean-air violations at the
company's chocolate products factory at 600 W. Kinzie St., Chicago.

EPA alleges that on Sept. 1-2, 2005, an EPA inspector observed visible
particulate emissions (dust) from Blommer's grinders that exceeded
limits for opacity, which is the amount of light obscured by the
emissions.  The inspection was done in response to a citizen complaint
regarding odor and visible emissions.

These are preliminary findings of violations.  To resolve them, EPA may
issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit
against the company.  Blommer has 30 days from receipt of the notice to
meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

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

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