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EPA cites Keystone Steel & Wire for clean-air violations

Release Date: 12/21/2005
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 05-OPA267

EPA cites Keystone Steel & Wire for clean-air violations

CHICAGO (Dec. 21, 2005) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Keystone Steel & Wire Co. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's steel production plant at 7000 S.W. Adams St., Peoria, Ill.

EPA alleges that Keystone added new equipment at its plant but failed to apply the best available technology to control increased air pollutant emissions. In addition, EPA said the company failed to measure emissions of these pollutants in a timely manner.

"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Regional Administrator Thomas V. Skinner. "We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act."

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue compliance orders, assess administrative penalties or bring suit against the company. Keystone has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

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