2009-12-27 / Harbor Beach Times

Dow AgroSciences settles with EPA

SUBMITTED BY GARRY HAMLIN DOW AGROSCIENCES

Due to a grant, Harbor Beach Community Schools is able to have some excellent art on display for a couple weeks. The “Art Beyond Borders” exhibition is a project of The International Museum of Twenty-First Century Arts (TIMOTCA). It introduces the celebrated artist who have officially been nominated by their respective countries and selected to participate in TIMOTCA. The exhibit demonstrates 24 artists, 24 countries, different cultures and different experiences. Due to a grant, Harbor Beach Community Schools is able to have some excellent art on display for a couple weeks. The “Art Beyond Borders” exhibition is a project of The International Museum of Twenty-First Century Arts (TIMOTCA). It introduces the celebrated artist who have officially been nominated by their respective countries and selected to participate in TIMOTCA. The exhibit demonstrates 24 artists, 24 countries, different cultures and different experiences. HARBOR BEACH - Dow AgroSciences has reached a settlement with EPA Region V over alleged violations of reporting requirements contained within the agency’s national emissions regulations at our Harbor Beach plant.

At issue is whether Dow AgroSciences should have used different reporting methods in the past for methanol and xylene at the Harbor Beach plant. The plant produces pest control products from natural fermentation processes that use xylene and generate methanol.

The American Red Cross with its many volunteers serve the area well. These ladies are getting ready for the next donor during a recent blood drive at the Harbor Beach Community Schools. SUPER HOT The American Red Cross with its many volunteers serve the area well. These ladies are getting ready for the next donor during a recent blood drive at the Harbor Beach Community Schools. SUPER HOT At no point were public health and safety affected by this difference in reporting requirements nor has EPA made any allegation that the plant’s actual emissions of methanol or xylene exceeded any standards.

Dow AgroSciences and EPA worked cooperatively in resolving this regulatory matter. While Dow AgroSciences does not agree with the agency’s position, we have revised our reporting processes for the plant so that the Agency is now receiving the information in question. We have chosen not to dispute the agency’s claims and have agreed to resolve the matter with payment of a $70,000 civil penalty.

Dow AgroSciences takes its reporting requirements and commitments to health, safety and the environment very seriously. We are committed to being a good neighbor within Harbor Beach, to operating our facilities in strict compliance with our permits and to ongoing work with regulatory authorities in the discharge of their statutory obligations for protecting people and the environment.

For further information, contact: Garry Hamlin (GarryHamlin@Dow. com or 317-750-4119); or Michael Harendt (989- 479-5248).

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