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EPA reaches agreement with JandJ cores on clean-air violations

Release Date: 10/28/2009
Contact Information: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254, omohundro.william@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 09-OPA211

(Chicago - Oct. 28, 2009) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with J&J Cores LLC on alleged clean-air violations at the company's secondary aluminum production facility at 2237 Oxford Township Road, Newcomerstown, Ohio. EPA assessed a $1,000 penalty.

The agreement resolves EPA allegations that from April to June 2008 J&J Cores failed to continuously monitor and record temperatures of the afterburner that controls hazardous air pollutant emissions from its sweat furnace. The company uses the sweat furnace to reclaim aluminum from automotive, household and manufacturing breakage scrap.

Hazardous air pollutants may cause serious health effects including birth defects and cancer. They may also cause harmful environmental and ecological effects.

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

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