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Federal Investigators Looking Into USA Brass Violations

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Federal investigators are looking into a Bozeman business for violating federal health regulations.

This isn't the first time U.S.A. Brass has been in trouble with federal agencies.

Thursday morning, the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigations Division, the FBI, Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Bozeman Police Department started their investigation in Bozeman.

But officials wouldn't tell ABC FOX Montana why they were looking into the company.

"The only comment I can make is we're investigating alleged violations of environmental federal laws," said Bert Marsden, EPA Criminal Investigations Division.

In October, the Gallatin County Health Department said at least 22 employees had elevated lead levels in their bloodstreams.

Just a month earlier, the Occupation Safety and Health Administration issued 10 citations to U.S.A. Brass for lead exposure violations.

Marsden said no one else is at risk at this time.

"There is no immediate threat to the public or the community at this time," said Marsden.

Investigators were still in Bozeman at 5 p.m., but wouldn't say how long they would be on site.

"An investigation takes as long as it takes and I can't provide any details as it relates to that," said Marsden.

A sign on the door says the company plans to reopen Friday.

U.S.A. Brass buys and provides brass for commercial ammunition manufactures.

U.S.A. Brass was fined $45,500 for their OSHA violations.

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