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EPA reaches agreement with Rolls Royce

Release Date: 04/05/2007
Contact Information: CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254, omohundro.william@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 07-OPA48

CHICAGO (April 5, 2007) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Rolls Royce Corp. on alleged clean-air violations at the company's helicopter engine manufacturing plant at 2001/2355 S. Tibbs Ave., Indianapolis, Ind.

The agreement, which includes an $18,329 penalty, resolves EPA allegations that Rolls Royce violated federal regulations to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by failing to follow proper repair and recordkeeping procedures for three pieces of industrial process refrigerant equipment that contained an ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon, or CFC.

EPA said Rolls Royce discovered the alleged violations through an internal audit and disclosed them to Region 5. In addition, the company replaced all three appliances in a timely manner.

When CFC refrigerants deplete the stratospheric ozone layer, dangerous amounts of cancer-causing ultraviolet rays from the sun strike the earth. Production of some of these chemicals was stopped in 1995, and federal law strictly controls their use and handling.

More information on stratospheric ozone depletion is at http://www.epa.gov/ozone.

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