Pilkington North America cited for alleged clean-air violations

Pilkington North America Inc. is alleged to have broken clean-air regulations at its Rossford, Ohio glass manufacturing plant.
US Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 EPA said Pilkington modified…

Pilkington North America Inc. is alleged to have broken clean-air regulations at its Rossford, Ohio glass manufacturing plant. US Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 EPA said Pilkington modified two glass melting furnaces to burn fuel in oxygen rather than normal air. This increased the maximum capacity of the furnaces and raised particulate (ash, dust, soot) emissions. Pilkington is alleged to have violated performance standards for new sources of air pollution by failing to comply with notification and testing requirements. In addition, it is alleged that particulate emissions into the atmosphere from the modified furnaces have exceeded permitted levels. “EPA“s mission is to protect public health and the environment,” said Regional Administrator Thomas V. Skinner. “We will take whatever steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act”. These are preliminary findings of violations. To resolve them, EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring a lawsuit against the company. Pilkington has 30 days from receipt of the notice to meet the EPA in order to discuss the resolution of the allegations.