|Glass Manufacturer Agrees to Enforcement Settlement for Alleged NSR/PSD Violations|
Glass Manufacturer Agrees to Enforcement Settlement for Alleged NSR/PSD Violations
On September 29, EPA and glass manufacturer, Guardian Industries Corp,, agreed to a settlement to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at plants in several locations around the country. Under the agreement, Guardian which owns flat glass manufacturing facilities (also known as float glass), will invest over $70 million in controls for nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter and sulfuric acid mist. Additionally, the company must provide $150,000 to an environmental mitigation project to reduce particulate matter in the San Joaquin Valley in California and pay $312,000 in civil penalties.
Guardian’s alleged infractions include violations of New Source Review (NSR) and Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) programs with respect to making modifications that increased air pollution significantly. The enforcement action was part of EPA’s initiative to address NSR and PSD violations and represents the first settlement under the initiative with a company in the flat glass manufacturing category. Guardian has plants in California, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.
EPA estimates that the company will install controls resulting in emissions reductions of 6,400 tons per year of NOx, 550 tons per year of SO2, 200 tons per year of PM and 140 tons of sulfuric acid mist. The proposed consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period, followed by court approval. For more information, go to http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/guardian-industries-corp-clean-air-act-settlement.