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EPA cites Behr Iron and Metal in Rockford, Ill., for Air Violations

Contact Information: 
Joshua Singer (singer.joshua@epa.gov)

(CHICAGO—November 9, 2016) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that a notice of violation has been issued to Behr Iron and Metal of Rockford, Illinois, for exceeding the health-based standard which limits air emissions of lead. 

EPA required installation of an air monitor at the facility in 2015.  Results from the air monitor showed lead emissions on at least seven days from June through August 2016 exceeded the standard for lead in ambient air.  Lead in the air poses potential health risks to sensitive populations including asthmatics, children, and the elderly.   EPA is taking action now to prevent future violations of the air quality standard.

The company may request a meeting with EPA to discuss the allegations. 

For more information about the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Lead: https://www.epa.gov/lead-air-pollution/national-ambient-air-quality-standards-naaqs-lead-pb