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EPA Cites Applied Composites for Clean-air Violations

14 May 2004

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Applied Composites Corp. for alleged clean-air violations at the company's fibreglass plastics manufacturing plant at St. Charles, Illinois.

EPA (region 5) alleges that the Applied Composites plant emits more than twice the amount of smog-producing volatile organic compounds as Illinois clean-air regulations allow.

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit against the company. Applied Composites has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss the allegations and how to resolve them.

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

Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog. Smog is formed when a mixture of air pollutants is baked in the hot summer sun. Smog can cause a variety of respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain. People with asthma, children and the elderly are especially at risk, but these health concerns are important to everyone.