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St. Louis Firm Cited by EPA for Violations of the Clean Air Act

November 1, 1999

Contact: John F. Horton
(913) 551-7003

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7, Kansas City, Kansas, announces filing an administrative complaint with a proposed penalty of $3,796 against Challenge Enterprises, Inc., 3237 N. Broadway, St. Louis, MO. The complaint is for several violations of the Clean Air Act related to servicing motor vehicle air conditioning (MVAC) systems and refrigerated transport systems.

EPA's complaint alleges that Challenge Enterprises, Inc. failed to use approved refrigerant recovery equipment during servicing of a MVAC system with R-134a refrigerant; used uncertified technicians in servicing refrigerated transport equipment; and failed to label that the company had retrofitted a MVAC for the use of R-134a.

These are violations of the Stratospheric Ozone Protection regulations.

EPA regulations are designed to prevent the release of ozone-depleting substances during servicing, repair, and disposal of vehicle air conditioning systems and appliances. Technicians must be properly certified and use approved recovery equipment. The requirement for proper labeling is to prevent cross contamination of refrigerants and to protect the health and safety of any technician who subsequently services the system.

Scientists believe that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in refrigerants contribute to the destruction of the earth's stratospheric ozone layer, which protects the planet from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Ozone loss in the atmosphere is likely to lead to an increase in skin cancer in humans and cause damage to plant and animal life.

EPA will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with regulations to protect the stratospheric ozone layer.

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