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EPA cites Dow Chemical for violating Clean Air Act

July 24, 2006

The Associated Press reports that the Environmental Protection Agency recently cited Dow Chemical Co. for violating the Clean Air Act at the company''s Midland, Mich., facility. The EPA alleged that Dow failed to comply with the Act''s testing, operating, monitoring, record keeping, reporting and notification requirements at the Michigan plant. In a Finding of Violation document, the EPA wrote that Dow violated national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for pharmaceutical production, benzene waste operations and vinyl chloride. The agency said its findings are preliminary, and Dow has 30 days to meet to discuss a resolution. EPA also filed an administrative complaint against the company for alleged chemical release reporting violations, under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. It cited Dow for failure to accurately account in filings for the release of several chemicals—2,4-D butoxyethyl ester, chloromethane and propylene oxide—at the Midland plant between 2000 and 2002. The EPA has proposed a $53,109 penalty.