JANUARY 2008

Ohio industrial waste facility agrees to reduce emissions

Perma-Fix of Dayton Inc., an industrial waste processing facility based in Dayton, Ohio, has agreed to implement an air pollution control program that will reduce hazardous air emissions, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.

The settlement, filed in United States District Court in Dayton, resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and includes a civil penalty of $360,000. The company also agreed to spend $562,000 in order to complete three environmental projects.

The original complaint against Perma-Fix was filed in December, 2004, by citizen Barbara Fisher, alleging that that the facility violated federal and state emissions regulations. The United States intervened in the case in May 2006, alleging federal Clean Air Act violations.

The agreement also requires that emission reductions to protect public health will come from:

  • The use of a thermal oxidizer to destroy emissions from storage tanks, biological treatment tanks and truck loading operations;
  • Two environmental projects that will improve the operation of the thermal oxidizer;
  • Reduction of emissions from exhaust vents at the laboratory;
  • Better monitoring and recording of the operation of biological treatment tanks and the thermal oxidizer;
  • Engineering evaluations to ensure proper design and use of equipment; and
  • An environmental management plan and a community response plan.

The consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by the federal court.