EPA cites Pilkington North America for clean-air
Chicago, IL— 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.
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 to meet with EPA to discuss resolving the