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EPA Cites Remelt Services for Clean-Air Violations


CHICAGO, June 15 -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has cited Remelt Services Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s aluminum recovery plant at 6560 Juniata Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.

EPA alleges that Remelt failed to test for dioxins and furans at its aluminum melting furnace and failed to notify EPA of its compliance status. In addition, EPA said the company failed to comply with planning and monitoring requirements.

“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. The company has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

There is evidence that dioxins may cause liver damage and probably cause cancer in humans, and furans may cause cancer in humans.


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