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EPA orders BASF to test for hazardous air pollutant emissions at Wyandotte, Mich., plant

Release Date: 03/25/2009
Contact Information: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254,

No. 09-OPA032

CHICAGO (March 25, 2009) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has issued an administrative order to BASF, The Chemical Company to test for hazardous air pollutant emissions from its plant at 1609 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, Mich.

Last July EPA sent BASF a Clean Air Act information request that required
the company to test its facility for hazardous emissions and submit the results to EPA within 90 days. EPA alleges the company has violated the Clean Air Act by failing to test and submit test results.

The EPA order requires BASF to complete emission testing no later than 60 days from receipt of the order and to submit a complete report of the emission testing within 90 days of receipt of the order.

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

Information about EPA Region 5's air enforcement program is at Potential environmental violations may be reported at

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