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EPA cites Pilkington North America for clean-air violations

Release Date: 12/06/2005
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CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

No. 05-OPA257

EPA cites Pilkington North America for clean-air violations

CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2005) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Pilkington North America Inc. for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s glass manufacturing plant at 140 Dixie Highway, Rossford, Ohio.

EPA said Pilkington modified two glass melting furnaces allowing fuel to be burned in the presence of oxygen rather than normal air. This increased the maximum capacity of the furnaces and increased particulate (ash, dust, soot) emissions.

EPA alleges that Pilkington violated performance standards for new sources of air pollution by failing to comply with notification and testing requirements. In addition, EPA alleges that the modified furnaces have discharged excessive particulate emissions into the atmosphere.

“EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment,” said Regional Administrator Thomas V. Skinner. “We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act.”

These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit against the company. Pilkington has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can affect children, the elderly and people with heart and lung diseases the most.

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