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Ohio AG sues Cleveland company over air emissions
Says NewKor has not complied with administrative order
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The state is suing a Cleveland  company, saying it’s failed to comply with a deal to clean up its emissions problems. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

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The suit was filed against a company called NewKor by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine at the bequest of the Ohio EPA. It says NewKor continues to spew air pollution from its west side facility.

Kate Hanson of the AG’s office says the state’s been dealing with complaints against NewKor since 2008.

“Chemical odors were causing  residents to experience throat irritation, choking and nausea. The business had previously agreed to formal administrative orders to address the issues but had failed to comply with those orders … and the goal is to bring the facility into compliance and to protect residents’ health.”

NewKor owner Gordon Barr says his small company has been working diligently with the EPA to resolve the issues. The plant has been on Berea Road for about 40 years and makes paper roller tubes. The  state says its emissions have included methanol and formaldehyde.

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