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EPA cites Kimble Glass for clean-air violations

Release Date: 05/15/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 06-OPA072

CHICAGO (May 15, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Kimble Glass Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's container glass manufacturing plant at 1131 Arnold St., Chicago Heights, Ill.

EPA alleges that Kimble failed to comply with limits in its state operating permit on visible particulate emissions (smoke, ash, dust) from a glass melting furnace.

EPA and Illinois EPA discovered the alleged violations during a January inspection.

"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. Kimble 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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