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S.H. Bell Chicago Facility


S.H. Bell - Outdoor Bulk Material Storage PileS.H. Bell- Outdoor Bulk Material Storage PileEPA staff was on-site at S.H. Bell’s Chicago facility the morning of March 1, 2017, and has confirmed that the company’s air monitoring system is installed and operational. S.H. Bell is subject to other ongoing obligations set forth in the December 5, 2016,  “Stipulated Settlement and Final Consent Order,” including continued operation and maintenance of the monitors.  EPA will continue to oversee and assess compliance with these provisions.

EPA began investigating fugitive dust and manganese issues at S.H. Bell’s Chicago facility in April 2014 as part of a larger effort that included close coordination with the City of Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois EPA to identify and address compliance issues in southeast Chicago.  Due to EPA’s efforts, S.H. Bell has installed new air pollution control equipment, implemented an enhanced fugitive dust plan, and has now installed air quality monitors to measure PM10 and manganese.  EPA will be closely analyzing the data generated by these monitors to assess whether the facility is causing a threat to public health and to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act.