ERJ staff report (DS)
Belpre, Ohio -- Evonik Degussa Engineering Carbons Corporation has agreed to pay Ohio Environmental Protection Agency $34,310 (Euro 24 500) for violating state and federal air pollution control laws at its carbon black production unit in Belpre, Ohio.
The company owns and operates four carbon black production emissions units and several additional units for storing, collecting, transferring and loading the material. Each unit is considered an air contaminant source. During the ealry part of 2008, as the comapny was converting to higher sulphur feedstocks, Ohio EPA determined that the company failed to comply with its established limits for nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. However, a test in May 2008 demonstrated a return to compliance.
The Agency issued the company several notices of violation and then pursued an enforcement case to settle the matter. A portion of the $34,310 penalty ($6,862) will go to Ohio EPA's Clean Diesel School Bus Fund.
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Press release from Ohio EPA