Strong Steel Products to pay $500,000
Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 5 reached an agreement with Strong Steel
Products LLC on alleged violations of EPA regulations to protect
stratospheric ozone at the company’s scrap metal processing
plant in Detroit. EPA assessed a $500,000 penalty.
The agreement resolves EPA allegations
that Strong Steel failed to remove chlorinated fluorocarbon refrigerants
from junked motor vehicles and small appliances, or to get adequate
verification that its scrap-metal suppliers had removed the refrigerants
To remedy the problem, Strong
Steel built an auto processing facility to remove fluids, including
CFCs, from incoming scrap cars and has revised its supplier verification
statements. EPA estimates that in the past year the processing
facility recovered at least 1,250 pounds of CFCs.
“This settlement is part
of an EPA scrap-yard initiative in the Detroit area that is expected
to significantly cut the release of CFCs there,” said EPA
acting deputy administrator Norman Niedergang.