Melrose Park book plant accused of air pollution

State sues firm, contending it broke law in installing 10 printing presses

December 27, 2012|By Jennifer Delgado, Chicago Tribune reporter

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit Thursday against a west suburban bookbinding and printing plant that she said illegally installed equipment that contributes to air pollution.

The 77-page suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges Melrose Park-based Lake Book Manufacturing Inc. broke the law when it didn’t get construction permits before installing 10 printing presses that are capable of emitting “volatile organic materials,” also known as regulated air pollutants.

The attorney general said the company didn’t obtain operating permits for the printing presses and two gas-fired boilers that also can cause pollution.

Melrose Park book plant accused of air pollution

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