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EPA reaches agreement with Wolf Paving on clean-air violations

Release Date: 01/14/2009
Contact Information: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254, omohundro.william@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 09-OPA003

CHICAGO (Jan. 14, 2009) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Wolf Paving Co. Inc., 612 N. Sawyer Road, Oconomowoc, Wis., on alleged Clean Air Act violations at the company's asphalt plant at Highway 18 and County Road C in Genesee, Wis.

The agreement, which includes two environmental projects costing $96,900 and a $20,080 penalty, resolves EPA allegations that Wolf Paving failed to comply with particulate (smoke, ash, dust) emission limits from the plant from Oct. 13, 2004, to Sept. 8, 2005, in violation of federal performance standards for hot mix asphalt facilities.

For its first project, Wolf Paving will pave 6,185 square yards of the Genesee facility work are that was not previously paved with two inches of hot mix asphalt binder and one inch of hot mix asphalt surface mix to reduce dust emissions.

For its second project, the company will buy a used street sweeper that it will use on a regular basis to sweep and collect particulate material from existing and new asphalt areas at the facility.

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

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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