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EPA cites Del's Metal for clean-air violations

Release Date: 10/11/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 06-OPA179

CHICAGO (Oct. 11, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against Del's Metal Co. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's secondary aluminum production operation at 1605 1st St., Rock Island, Ill. EPA proposed a $100,548 penalty.

EPA alleges that Del's Metal failed to test its sweat furnace emissions for dioxins and furans or to install an afterburner to destroy the dioxins and furans. EPA alleges that the company did not comply with planning, notification and recordkeeping requirements.

Del's has 30 days from receipt of the complaint to file an answer and request a hearing. The company may request an informal conference with EPA at any time to discuss resolving the allegations.

There is evidence that dioxins may cause liver damage and probably can cause cancer in humans, while furans may also cause cancer.

Information about EPA Region 5's air enforcement program is at Potential environmental violations may be reported at

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