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Five Mid-Atlantic Facilities Settle Violations of Clean Air Act Certification Requirements

Release Date: 10/15/2003
Contact Information: Donna Heron, (215) 814-5113

Donna Heron, (215) 814-5113

PHILADELPHIA – Four companies and one government agency have agreed to pay $1,000 penalties for incorrectly certifying their facilities’ compliance with Clean Air Act permit requirements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

These parties were cited under Title V of the Clean Air Act, which requires major air pollution sources to obtain an EPA or state-issued permit with air pollution limits, emission monitoring, and reporting requirements. Permittees must submit annual compliance certifications to EPA and state air pollution control agencies, identifying any deviations from permit requirements. This certification assures that facility managers are accountable for Clean Air Act compliance, and also assists enforcement of air pollution limits by EPA and the states.

The settlements involved the following facilities:

Goals Coal Company, Goals preparation plant, Norma, W.Va.
Old Dominion Terminal, L.L.C.,petroleum terminal, Fairfax, Va.

      Mirant Mid-Atlantic Morgantown, L.L.C., power generating station, Newburg, Md.
U.S. General Services Administration, central heating plant, Washington, D.C.
The Washington Post Co., printing facility, Washington, D.C.

According to EPA, these parties incorrectly certified compliance with conditions in their facilities’ Clean Air Act permits. Subsequent EPA review of these facilities’ permits and monitoring reports identified significant deviations from permit requirements. The settling parties will be required to file corrected certifications. Examples of violations not reported in compliance certifications include construction and/or major modification of equipment without permits and failure to maintain recordkeeping and monitoring.

As part of the settlement, these parties neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violation.