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EPA cites Flavorchem for clean-air violations

Release Date: 04/12/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,


CHICAGO (Wednesday, April 12, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Flavorchem Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's food flavoring, extracting and fragrance manufacturing plant at 1525 Brook Drive, Downers Grove, Ill.

EPA alleges that Flavorchem violated federal and state regulations when it failed to get construction and operating permits for its plant. EPA also alleges that Flavorchem violated state regulations when it failed to participate in the Illinois trading program for major sources of volatile organic compounds. The market-based program is designed to reduce smog-producing VOC emissions.

"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Regional Administrator Thomas V. Skinner. "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. Flavorchem has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog. Smog is formed when a mixture of air pollutants is baked in the hot summer sun. Smog can cause a variety of respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain. People with asthma, children and the elderly are especially at risk, but these health concerns are important to everyone.

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