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EPA cites Allcast for clean-air violations

Release Date: 11/17/2005
Contact Information:

William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA244

CHICAGO (Nov. 17, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Allcast Inc. for alleged violations of federal hazardous air pollutant emission standards at the company's secondary aluminum production facility at 217 Weis St., Allenton, Wis.

EPA alleges that Allcast failed to do performance testing on one of its furnaces used for melting coated aluminum returned by its customers and that it failed to comply with notification and recordkeeping requirements. The alleged violations occurred between January 2002 and September 2004.

"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. Allcast has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Hazardous air pollutants may cause serious health effects including birth defects and cancer. They may also cause harmful environmental and ecological effects.