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EPA reaches agreement with Conett on clean-air violations

Release Date: 06/22/2009
Contact Information: William Omohundro, 312-353-8254, omohundro.william@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 09-OPA 114

(Chicago, Ill. - June 22, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Conett Inc. (formerly known as Geotek Inc.) on alleged clean-air violations at a reinforced plastic composites production plant at 1421 Second Ave. N.W., Stewartville, Minn., formerly owned by Conett. Conett has told EPA that it has sold the facility and no longer owns or operates it.

The agreement, which includes a $151,000 penalty, resolves EPA allegations that Conett violated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants by failing to reduce organic hazardous air pollutants from its pultrusion operations by the required date and by failing to submit timely compliance notifications.

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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