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U.S. EPA EXACTS $320,000 PENALTY FROM BUILDER OF NEW WADDELL DAM

 SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) announced that a consent decree was entered today in which the builder of the New Waddell Dam has agreed to pay a $320,000 penalty to settle alleged air pollution violations at its rock- crushing facility in Maricopa County, Arizona.
 The builder, a joint venture formed by Ebasco Constructors Inc. and Losinger USA Inc. based in Santa Ana, Calif., is constructing the dam out of rock that is processed near the dam site at Lake Pleasant. According to a civil complaint by U.S. EPA, the Ebasco/Losinger joint venture violated the Clean Air Act by constructing the rock processing facility without a permit and by failing to observe federal requirements for emissions testing and reporting.
 "Ebasco/Losinger's failure to meet these requirements has almost certainly led to significant and unnecessary emissions of particulate matter into the Phoenix air basin," said David Howekamp, director of the Air and Toxics Division at U.S. EPA's western regional office. "This occurred in an area that was already failing to meet the federal health- based air quality standard for particulate pollution."
 Because Maricopa County fails to meet this standard and the plant is a major source of these air pollutants, Ebasco/Losinger should have applied for and received a permit from the county before building the plant. Ebasco/Losinger also violated the new source performance standards of the Clean Air Act by failing to notify U.S. EPA of the construction and startup of portions of its facility and failing to perform certain emissions tests.
 After learning of these violations from Maricopa County's Bureau of Air Pollution Control, U.S. EPA issued a notice of violation to Ebasco/Losinger on Aug. 28, 1991. At this time, the facility had installed controls, such as water sprays and enclosures, on its rock processing equipment in response to an enforcement action by Maricopa County. After installing these controls, which reduced particulate emissions to minor-source levels, the facility obtained the necessary permits for constructing and operating a minor source in Maricopa County. U.S. EPA's civil complaint was filed on Jan. 15, 1993, in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
 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.
 -0- 5/18/93
 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of the U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/


CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Ebasco Constructors Inc.;
 Losinger USA Inc. ST: Arizona IN: ENV SU: EXE


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