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EPA reaches agreement with Journal Holdings on clean-air violations

Release Date: 07/28/2008
Contact Information: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254, omohundro.william@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 08-OPA124

(Chicago, Ill. - July 28, 2008) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Journal Holdings Inc., 333 W. State St., Milwaukee, Wis., formerly known as NorthStar Print Group Inc., on alleged clean-air violations at the company's printing plant at 512 Ninth Ave., Norway, Mich.

The agreement, which includes a $200,000 penalty, resolves EPA allegations that Journal Holdings violated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for the printing and chromium electroplating industries. EPA said testing, planning, monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements were violated.

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/. Potential environmental violations may be reported at http://www.epa.gov/compliance/complaints.

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