April 2008

DEP fines Hoeganaes Corp. for violations

The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Hoeganaes Corporation $30,000 for numerous air quality violations that occurred over a two-year period at its ferrous metal powder production plant in Delaware Township, Northumberland County.

Most of the violations, which began in 2006, were associated with the company’s insulated particle process and excessive emissions of methylene chloride, a hazardous air pollutant.

The air pollution control equipment used by Hoeganaes did not reduce the emissions enough to meet the set limits.

Because it could not achieve compliance, Hoeganaes shut down the insulated particle process in July 2007.