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U.S. EPA orders Corona recycler to comply with clean air laws

Release Date: 10/29/2004
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, U.S. EPA, (213) 244-1815

LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Liston Brick, of Corona, Calif. to comply with national hazardous air pollution regulations or else face daily fines of up to $32,500 per day per violation.
Liston owns and operates an aluminum recycling firm at 3710 Temescal Canyon Road in Corona.

"Liston Brick is over a year late in testing to determine the amount of dioxins emitted by the Corona facility," said Deborah Jordan, air division director for the EPA's Pacific Southwest office in San Francisco. "Companies must comply with hazardous air pollutant regulations or face fines."

In April and July, the EPA requested information from Liston regarding emissions to determine the firm's compliance with the national air standards for secondary aluminum production. Based on these results, the EPA is citing Liston for failing to test its melting furnaces for dioxins and furans, which are hazardous air pollutants.

Liston may be required to comply with additional air pollution regulations following review and analysis of the test results.

Dioxins and furans are chemical by-products of industrial processes such as waste incineration, and aluminum melting operations. Dioxin is a known carcinogen.

Liston will have 30 calendar days, after receiving the EPA's administrative order, to submit a testing plan to determine if the facility complies with the EPA's dioxin/furan emission limits.

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