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EPA cites GE plastics for clean-air violations

Release Date: 01/11/2006
Contact Information: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

No. 06-OPA005

CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited GE Plastics Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's chemical manufacturing plant at 1 Lexan Lane, Mt. Vernon, Ind.

EPA alleges that GE Plastics failed to comply with federal leak detection and repair requirements for hazardous air pollutants at the facility. EPA discovered the alleged violations during a plant inspection Aug. 1-5.

"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. GE Plastics 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.

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