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October 2006

 

A. Finkl & Sons sets agreement with EPA

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Department of Justice have reached an agreement with A. Finkl & Sons Co. on alleged clean-air violations at the company’s steel forging plant located at 2011 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, Illinois. The company agreed to do two environmental projects totaling $620,000, to pay a $75,000 penalty and to comply with the Clean Air Act.

For one of its environmental projects, Finkl will spend $545,000 to install burners on one of its gas-fired furnaces that will cut smog-producing nitrogen oxide emissions by at least 5 tons a year. The company will also spend $75,000 to retrofit approximately 34 city of Chicago vehicles with diesel emission reduction devices.

The agreement resolves EPA allegations that Finkl violated performance standards for new sources of air pollution by making equipment modifications that caused an increase in particulate emissions and by not getting permits that would have required better controls.

In addition, EPA said the company failed to comply with operational and equipment standards as well as maintenance, record-keeping and reporting requirements.

The consent decree is on www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html.


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