ASSOCIATED PRESS, JULY 15, 2006
MIDLAND, Mich. – The Environmental Protection Agency has cited Dow Chemical Co. in Clean Air Act violations, giving the chemical giant 30 days to meet with agency officials to discuss the claims.
The EPA says the Midland-based company failed to comply with emission standards for hazardous air pollutants. The agency said Dow violated testing, operating, monitoring, record keeping, reporting and notification requirements.
“EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment,” said Bharat Mathur, acting regional administrator. “We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act.”
The EPA also said Dow exceeded emissions limits, the Midland Daily News and The Saginaw News reported Saturday. The citation could mean the issuance of a compliance order, a fine or a lawsuit.
Dow spokeswoman Jennifer Heronema said the company is reviewing the claims.
“We are committed to the safe and environmentally sound operations of our site and facilities and will continue to work closely with EPA to resolve each and every item of concern,” she said.
The EPA also cited Dow for failing to comply with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, saying it did not file all required chemical release forms in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Heronema said the company has been communicating with the EPA on recording issues and has taken action to improve its process.