October 2005

EPA cites county waste board

Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited the Barron County Solid Waste Management Board for alleged clean-air violations at the Barron County Waste-to-Energy Facility in Almena, Wisconsin.

EPA alleges that two Barron County waste- and refuse-fired municipal incinerators emitted excessive amounts of hydrochloric acid and particulates (smoke, dust, ash) during stack tests completed on May 3rd and 4th of this year.

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit against the company. Barron County has 30 days from receipt of the notices to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Hydrochloric acid is corrosive to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes.

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