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U.S. EPA, GAF SETTLE CLEAN AIR ACT CASE FOR $89,600

 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that GAF Building Materials Corp. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $89,600 to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its glass fiber manufacturing plant in Irwindale, Calif.
 U.S. EPA filed a civil complaint against GAF in November in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which today entered a consent decree finalizing the settlement.
 According to U.S. EPA's complaint, GAF violated the new source performance standards of the Clean Air Act by failing to notify the agency before increasing the capacity of one of its three glass melting furnaces. U.S. EPA had also alleged that GAF failed to conduct required emissions testing and failed to comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
 The modification of the furnace, which doubled its production capacity to 32 tons per day, was begun in August 1986. Because the modification would significantly increase the facility's emissions of particulate matter into the atmosphere, GAF was required to notify U.S. EPA before beginning work on the furnace. The modification came to the attention of the agency following a permit review by the South Coast Air Quality Management District in April 1988.
 The Los Angeles basin fails to meet federal health-based air quality standards for particulate pollution. Particulate matter includes dust, smoke, fly ash and condensing vapors that can be suspended in the air for long periods of time. When inhaled, these microscopic particles can lodge in the lungs and affect respiratory function.
 Health effects from chronic exposure to high levels of particulate matter vary from nasal irritation to emphysema and bronchitis. Young people, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease are especially susceptible.
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/


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