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EPA reaches agreement with Checkmate Boats

Release Date: 11/29/2005
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CHICAGO (Nov. 29, 2005) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Checkmate Boats Inc. on alleged clean-air violations at the company's boat manufacturing plant at 3691 State Route 4 N., Bucyrus, Ohio. EPA assessed a $1,500 penalty.

The agreement resolves EPA allegations that Checkmate used fiberglass resins, gel coats, solvents and adhesives in its manufacturing processes that contained excessive amounts of hazardous air pollutants. EPA also alleged that the company failed to comply with reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

In a related action, Checkmate agreed to an EPA order to comply by the end of January 2006 with all EPA regulations alleged to have been violated.

Hazardous air pollutants may cause serious health effects, including birth defects and cancer. They may also cause harmful environmental and ecological effects.

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