P>The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against Parenti & Rafaelli Ltd. for alleged violations of federally enforceable state clean-air regulations at the company's furniture manufacturing plant in Mount Prospect, Ill. EPA proposed a $127,600 penalty.
The EPA complaint alleges Parenti & Rafaelli failed to comply with state requirements that prohibit wood furniture manufacturers from using non-complying coatings. Non-complying coatings are those that exceed limits for volatile organic compounds.
Parenti & Rafaelli has 30 days from receipt of the complaint to file an answer and request a hearing. The company can request an informal conference to discuss the allegations anytime.
"EPA's mission is to protect public health and the environment," said Bharat Mathur, director of the regional Air and Radiation Division. "We will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure compliance with clean-air regulations."
Volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone (smog). Smog is formed when a mixture of air pollutants is baked in the hot summer sun. Smog can cause a variety of respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pain. Asthmatics, children and the elderly are especially at risk.
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