EPA settles with Alro Steel for violations
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Region 5 recently settled a case of hazardous chemical
reporting violations involving Alro Steel Corp., Jackson, Michigan.
The consent agreement and final order applies
to Alro facilities in Lansing, Michigan, Melrose Park, Illinois,
and Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Federal law requires that state and local
authorities be notified of hazardous chemical storage. In the
event of a fire or emergency, responders need to know what they
are dealing with so they can take steps to protect people living
or working in the area.
Alro Steel paid $120,000 to resolve the EPA
notice that the company failed to submit to state and local authorities
in four locations, the required chemical inventory forms for
a variety of hazardous chemicals. The hazardous chemicals Alro
used in its processing of steel include hydrogen, cutting fluid,
acrylic enamels, chemtane, methane, propylene, propane, nitrogen,
carbon dioxide gas, oxygen, argon and acetylene. Alro also has
sulfuric acid and lead in its lead-acid batteries that must be