Columbus Steel Castings to install monitoring
Columbus Steel Castings Company, Inc., located
in Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced to pay $825,000 and install
additional devices to prevent air pollution after pleading guilty
to 6 counts of violating the Clean Air Act.
The company admitted that between 2004 and 2007 it failed to
operate air pollution controls for four different emission sources
at the plant for varying periods of time. The company also failed
to report malfunctions of air pollution control equipment. Daily
visual emission checks, designed to determine if the plant was
emitting excess dust or smoke, were not conducted on weekends
while the facility was operating. Stack tests, which are necessary
to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act, were not conducted
as required by the company’s air permit. The company also failed
to submit accurate annual compliance certifications.
The company was sentenced to pay a $660,000 fine and a total
of $165,000 to 2 different Columbus charitable organizations
– Grange Insurance Audubon Center and Physicians Free Clinic
– which serve residents who live near the plant. One project
will fund a program that provides environmental education to
students. The other project will provide medical services, medications
and transportation services for residents of the south side of
Columbus with ailments related to respiratory illnesses.
The judge also ordered the company to install interlock devices
designed to shut down emission sources when the associated air
pollution control equipment is not in operation.