Aleris Hit With Emissions Suit As It Goes Bankrupt

Law360, New York (February 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. government brought a Clean Air Act lawsuit against Aleris International Inc. on Thursday, the same day the aluminum recycler filed for bankruptcy protection amid deteriorating demand, earnings and liquidity.

In a complaint lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the government alleges that up to 15 secondary aluminum production facilities owned by Aleris were emitting hydrogen chloride, particulate matter and hydrocarbons at levels that exceeded the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants.

The complaint states eight claims for...
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