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Ford and the EPA Agree to Resolve Waste Violations
Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
has settled an administrative complaint against Ford Motor Co. for alleged
hazardous waste violations at 14 U.S. auto assembly plants. A $244,000
penalty will be paid and Ford will bring all of its plants into compliance
with EPA requirements.
The complaint was initially issued by EPA Region 5 under the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act to the Ford facility in Avon, Ohio. Region
5 also added Ford painting and waste storage systems in Chicago, St. Paul,
Minnesota, Dearborn, Wixom and Wayne (two facilities), Michigan, to the
complaint. EPA Regions 2, 3, 4 and 7 joined in the agreement that involves
Ford plants in Hapeville, Georgia; Edison, New Jersey; Claycomo and Hazelwood,
Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky (two facilities); and Norfolk, Virginia.
EPA cited the automaker for not monitoring for leaks from the equipment
used to paint vehicles and for not keeping records of monitoring practices.
Ford was also cited for not assessing and inspecting the integrity of
equipment and secondary containment systems.
EPA regulates the safe handling, transportation, treatment and disposal
of hazardous waste, from its origin to its final disposal.
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