A. Finkl & Sons sets agreement
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
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.