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EPA cites Decorative Panels International for clean-air violations

Release Date: 09/28/2006
Contact Information: CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 06-OPA167

CHICAGO (Sept. 28, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Decorative Panels International Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's hardboard production plant at 416 Ford Ave., Alpena, Mich.

EPA alleges that 2004 and 2005 data from continuous monitors at the company's boilers showed that opacity or the amount of light obscured by particulates (smoke, dust, ash) exceeded limits in federal and state regulations and in the company's state operating permit.

"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur. "We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act."

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. DPI 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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