EPA cites Godfrey Marine plant for violations

CHICAGO – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Godfrey Marine Syracuse for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s aluminum boat manufacturing plant at 300 E. Chicago St., Syracuse, Ind., it reported in a statement yesterday.

“We have no comment other than that we’re currently working with the EPA to address their alleged concerns,” said Godfrey Marine Director of Marketing John Deputy in a phone interview yesterday.

EPA alleges that Godfrey emitted excessive amounts of hazardous air pollutants from its coating operation from Sept. 1, 2004, to Dec. 31, 2005. In addition, EPA said the company failed to comply with reporting requirements.

“EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment,” said Acting Regional Administrator Bharat Mathur. “We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act.”

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit against the company. Godfrey has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Hazardous air pollutants may cause serious health effects including birth defects and cancer. They may also cause harmful environmental and ecological effects.

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