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Published:August 20th, 2006 15:33 EST
EPA cites Dow Corning for clean-air violations

EPA cites Dow Corning for clean-air violations

By SOP newswire

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Dow Corning Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at two of its production processes at 3901 S. Saginaw Road, Midland, Mich.

EPA alleges Dow Corning failed to operate air pollution control devices that restrict emissions of volatile organic compounds and particulates (smoke, dust, ash) in the manner required by its state operating permit and state regulations. In addition, EPA said Dow Corning failed to comply with record-keeping 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. Dow Corning has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog. Smog is formed when a mixture of air pollutants is baked in the hot summer sun. Smog can cause a variety of respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain. People with asthma, children and the elderly are especially at risk, but these health concerns are important to everyone.

Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can affect children, the elderly and people with heart and lung diseases the most.

Information on EPA Region 5's air enforcement program is at www.epa.gov/region5/air/enforce/index.html. Potential environmental violations may be reported at www.epa.gov/compliance/complaints.

Source:EPA