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EPA Clean Air Settlement with Asphalt Company to Minimize Emissions in Rhode Island

Release Date: 07/31/2014
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

BOSTON – An EPA settlement will require that a Rhode Island asphalt manufacturing company comply with its Clean Air Act permit designed to minimize air emissions and protect air quality around the community where it operates.

The company, T. Miozzi, Inc., will also pay a total penalty of $23,700 to settle EPA claims that the company operated its facility in violation of an air permit issued by the R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management (RIDEM). The settlement requires that the company comply with its air permit and provide a report to EPA demonstrating compliance for the 2014 operating season.

T. Miozzi, Inc. operates a hot mix asphalt plant that manufactures paving asphalt at 75 Airport Road, in Coventry, R.I. The company has operated the plant since 2006.

EPA and RIDEM conducted an inspection of the plant in April, 2013. After the inspection, EPA determined that T. Miozzi failed to comply with certain provisions of its air permit. For example, EPA alleged that T. Miozzi failed to maintain certain records, including records relating to testing of emissions from the company’s rotary drum burner used in manufacturing the asphalt and testing of equipment used to control particulate emissions.

The company’s air permit contains provisions designed to limit the emissions of particulate matter, fugitive dust, and other contaminants such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. Compliance with the permit helps reduce air pollution and protects air quality near the facility and in the surrounding community.

T. Miozzi worked quickly to correct the violations cited by EPA, and cooperated with EPA in reaching a settlement.

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