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EPA cites Alton Steel for clean-air violations

Release Date: 6/30/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 05-OPA103

CHICAGO (June 30, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Alton Steel Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's steel manufacturing plant at 5 Cut St., Alton, Ill.

EPA alleges that Alton Steel failed to comply with federal emissions monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements for its electric arc furnace and other equipment that can emit gases containing particulates
(dust, smoke, ash).

"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. Alton Steel 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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