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EPA cites American Energy for clean-air violations

Release Date: 07/13/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254,

No. 06-OPA115

CHICAGO (July 13, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited American Energy Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's coal preparation plant at 43521 Mayhugh Hill Road, Township Highway 88, in Beallsville, Ohio.

EPA alleges AEC failed to comply with testing, notification and reporting requirements at the plant that processes coal from a coal mine. The company was required to test particulate (dust) emissions from the plant to ensure that they comply with emission limits.

"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. AEC 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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