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EPA Cites Eight Companies for Violation of Architectural Coating Rules

Published on 2004-04-07. Author : SpecialChem

CHICAGO, April 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited eight companies three in Michigan, two in Ohio and one each in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin for alleged violations of federal architectural coating rules. Architectural coatings are paints and similar coverings used on building exteriors, pavements and curbs.

EPA allegations against the companies include making coatings that exceed limits on smog-producing volatile organic compounds, not correctly labeling products and not submitting proper notifications to EPA.

"Smog can cause serious health problems -- especially for children and the elderly," said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur. "There may be an industry-wide problem with compliance with these rules, so we encourage manufacturers to contact EPA if they believe they have violations before EPA investigates their plants." Mathur said self-disclosure is taken into consideration when penalties are assessed.

Companies that believe they have violations and decide to self- disclose should contact George Czerniak, chief of the regional air enforcement branch, at 312-353-2088.

The Michigan companies are: Lymtal International Inc., 4150 S. Laper Road, Lake Orion; Nelson Paint Co., One Nelson Drive, Kingsford; and Pro Coatings Inc., 233 Prospect St., Sparta. The Ohio companies are: Aexcel Corp., 7373 Production Dr., Mentor; and Republic Powdered Metals Inc., 3735 Green Road, Beachwood.

The other companies are: Carbit Paint Co., 927 W. Blackhawk St., Chicago, Ill.; Viking Paints Inc., 100 W. 78th St., Richfield, Minn.; and Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc., 4150 Wyetta Drive, Beloit, Wis.

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

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.

Self-disclosure information is at http://www.epa.gov/compliance/incentives/auditing/auditpolicy.html

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