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EPA Reaches Agreement with Aexcel on Clean-air Violations

Published on 2004-11-17. Author : SpecialChem

CHICAGO -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Aexcel Corp., 7373 Production Dr., Mentor, Ohio, on alleged violations of federal architectural coating rules. Architectural coatings are paints and similar coverings used on building exteriors, pavements and curbs. EPA assessed a $20,000 penalty and the company agreed to complete a $51,000 environmental project.

"Aexcel will reformulate 34 of its coating products to reduce smog-causing volatile organic compounds by 25,000 pounds per year," said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur. "Smog can cause serious health problems especially for children and the elderly."

Mathur said EPA is encouraging manufacturers of architectural coatings to contact EPA if they believe they have violations before EPA investigates their plants. He said self-disclosure is taken into consideration when penalties are assessed.

EPA's agreement with Aexcel resolves allegations that the company made coatings that exceeded limits on VOCs and did not correctly label its products.

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.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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