EPA Cites R & F Metals for Clean-Air, Clean-Water and Hazardous-Waste Violations

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    CHICAGO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against R & F Metals Co., Inc.,
 for alleged violations of clean-air, clean-water and hazardous-waste
 regulations at the company's scrap metal processing plant, 9101 W. Fort St.,
 Detroit, Mich.  EPA proposed a $319,836 penalty.
     The EPA complaint alleges that R & F Metals violated the Clean Air Act by
 improperly disposing of appliances containing ozone-depleting refrigerants and
 by failing to keep records of proper evacuation of ozone-depleting
 refrigerants from the appliances.  The complaint also alleges the company
 violated the Clean Water Act by failing to have an oil spill prevention,
 control and countermeasures plan.
     In addition, the EPA complaint alleges R & F Metals violated the Resource
 Conservation and Recovery Act by illegally storing used oil.  The company had
 10 deteriorating containers of used oil at the plant, and it failed to label
 100 used oil containers.  Further, it failed to timely respond to an EPA
 information request.
     R & F Metals has 30 days to file an answer to the complaint and request a
 hearing.  It may request an informal conference to discuss the allegations
 anytime.
     Chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants deplete the stratospheric, or "good,"
 ozone layer allowing dangerous amounts of cancer-causing ultraviolet rays from
 the sun to strike the earth.  Production of some of these chemicals was
 stopped in 1995, and federal law strictly controls their use and handling.
     EPA regulations are designed to ensure that oil and used oil are properly
 handled to prevent contamination of land, surface water and ground water.
 Ground and surface water contamination can compromise the quality of water
 available for human consumption.  In addition, small amounts of oil in lakes
 and rivers can negatively impact fish and wildlife.
 
     About R & F Metals Co., Inc.
     R & F Metals is a Michigan corporation with its principal place of
 business in Detroit.  The company is the operator of the facility at 9101 W.
 Fort St.  Metro Robbins Land Co. is the owner of the property.  R & F Metals
 is a scrap metal recycler that has accepted metallic scrap, including small
 appliances.  Baby Creek and the Detroit and Rouge rivers are navigable waters
 located within three-quarters of a mile of the company's facility.
 
     About EPA
     Founded in 1970, EPA is responsible for protecting the environment and
 human health.  The Agency enforces air, water, and land laws and ensures that
 designated health standards are met.  EPA Region 5 includes six Great Lakes
 states:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    CHICAGO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against R & F Metals Co., Inc.,
 for alleged violations of clean-air, clean-water and hazardous-waste
 regulations at the company's scrap metal processing plant, 9101 W. Fort St.,
 Detroit, Mich.  EPA proposed a $319,836 penalty.
     The EPA complaint alleges that R & F Metals violated the Clean Air Act by
 improperly disposing of appliances containing ozone-depleting refrigerants and
 by failing to keep records of proper evacuation of ozone-depleting
 refrigerants from the appliances.  The complaint also alleges the company
 violated the Clean Water Act by failing to have an oil spill prevention,
 control and countermeasures plan.
     In addition, the EPA complaint alleges R & F Metals violated the Resource
 Conservation and Recovery Act by illegally storing used oil.  The company had
 10 deteriorating containers of used oil at the plant, and it failed to label
 100 used oil containers.  Further, it failed to timely respond to an EPA
 information request.
     R & F Metals has 30 days to file an answer to the complaint and request a
 hearing.  It may request an informal conference to discuss the allegations
 anytime.
     Chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants deplete the stratospheric, or "good,"
 ozone layer allowing dangerous amounts of cancer-causing ultraviolet rays from
 the sun to strike the earth.  Production of some of these chemicals was
 stopped in 1995, and federal law strictly controls their use and handling.
     EPA regulations are designed to ensure that oil and used oil are properly
 handled to prevent contamination of land, surface water and ground water.
 Ground and surface water contamination can compromise the quality of water
 available for human consumption.  In addition, small amounts of oil in lakes
 and rivers can negatively impact fish and wildlife.
 
     About R & F Metals Co., Inc.
     R & F Metals is a Michigan corporation with its principal place of
 business in Detroit.  The company is the operator of the facility at 9101 W.
 Fort St.  Metro Robbins Land Co. is the owner of the property.  R & F Metals
 is a scrap metal recycler that has accepted metallic scrap, including small
 appliances.  Baby Creek and the Detroit and Rouge rivers are navigable waters
 located within three-quarters of a mile of the company's facility.
 
     About EPA
     Founded in 1970, EPA is responsible for protecting the environment and
 human health.  The Agency enforces air, water, and land laws and ensures that
 designated health standards are met.  EPA Region 5 includes six Great Lakes
 states:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
 
 SOURCE  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency