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Jupiter Aluminum Corporation

Washington, DC: (Aug-13-07) The Justice Department brought a lawsuit against Jupiter Aluminum Corporation, the operator of a secondary aluminum production facility in Hammond, alleging that the company violated the federal Clean Air Act and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), applicable to aluminum recyclers that recycle painted or coated aluminum scrap. The suit claimed that such secondary aluminum production facilities can emit hazardous air pollutants during their operations, including dioxin, furans, hydrochloric acid, and particulate matter containing hazardous metals.

As part of a settlement reached, Jupiter has agreed to take steps to ensure future compliance with certain provisions of the federal Clean Air Act. Further, Jupiter will also pay a civil penalty of $2 million, which will be shared between the United States and the Hammond Department of Environmental Management (HDEM). The complaint and settlement with Jupiter is the first to be brought in federal court to enforce the NESHAP regulations applicable to secondary aluminum production facilities. [PR NEWSWIRE: ALUMINUM POLLUTION]

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Published on Aug-15-07


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