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EPA Cites ISG Indiana Harbor for Clean-Air Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited ISG Indiana Harbor Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s steel pickling plant, 3001 Dickey Rd. in East Chicago.

The EPA alleges the ISG Indiana Harbor plant had hydrochloric acid emissions from its pickling line stack four times greater than EPA regulations allow. Pickling removes rust from the surface of steel.

The EPA may next issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty, or bring suit against the company.

“EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment,” said Thomas V. Skinner, region 5 administrator. “We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act.”

Hydrochloric acid is a hazardous air pollutant. It is corrosive to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes and can affect the respiratory and digestive tracts.

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Summer 2003