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EPA reaches agreement with Spectro Alloys on clean-air violations

Release Date: 10/26/2007
Contact Information: CONTACT: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254, omohundro.william@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 07-OPA194

CHICAGO (Oct. 26, 2007) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Spectro Alloys Corp. on alleged clean-air violations at the company's aluminum recovery plant at 13220 Doyle Path Road, Rosemount, Minn.

The agreement, which includes a $70,923 penalty, resolves EPA allegations that Spectro exceeded emission limits for dioxins and furans at two of its furnaces and failed to maintain afterburner inspection records for the years 2003 through 2006.

Testing in May 2007 showed that Spectro is now meeting the emission limits for dioxins and furans. Spectro also demonstrated to EPA that it is currently maintaining the required afterburner inspection records.

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

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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