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Michigan agency finds environmental violations at factory

July 27, 2019

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — State environmental officials are fining an eastern Michigan factory after a yearlong investigation into air pollution violations.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy says Mueller Brass has agreed to pay about $60,000 over violations at its Port Huron location.

Agency enforcement official Jeff Rathbun tells the (Port Huron) Times Herald that violations included not properly maintaining equipment used for controlling particulate emissions.

The state’s investigation began in April 2018 after an air monitoring station recorded elevated lead levels and officials identified Mueller Brass as a possible source.

Local health officials have offered lead blood testing to residents in the factory’s neighborhood and soil sampling by the state.

The newspaper reports company officials didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

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Information from: Times Herald, http://www.thetimesherald.com

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