Thursday, November 28, 2019

DEP Obtains $229,950 Civil Penalty Against Clarion Boards, LLC For Air Pollution Violations In Clarion County

On November 27, the Department of Environmental Protection announced Clarion Boards, LLC, a subsidiary of Kronospan, has agreed to a Consent Assessment of Civil Penalty in the amount of $229,950 for air pollution violations at its facility in Paint Township, Clarion County.
The violations occurred between 2017 and February 2019.  DEP found violations of the facility’s hourly and yearly limits on the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC). 
In addition, Clarion Boards had data availability issues with the facility’s continuous emission monitoring system and operated plant equipment in a manner that was inconsistent with terms and conditions of the facility’s operating permit.
“Violation of daily and yearly emission limits are significant violations and are easily prevented through proper oversight of operations. This penalty is appropriate, given the potential impacts associated with an exceedance of emission limits,” said Jim Miller, director of DEP’s Northwest Regional Office. “DEP appreciates Clarion Boards’ acknowledgment of the violations and efforts to correct and prevent similar violations in the future.”
The payment will go into the Pennsylvania Clean Air Fund.
The company has corrected the violations and has recently installed new equipment at the facility, including a new dust burner system, new Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer to better control VOC emissions, and four engines to produce on-site power. 
Click Here for a copy of the Consent Assessment of Civil Penalty.
Questions should be directed to Tom Decker, DEP Northwest Regional Office, by calling 814-332-6615 or sending email to:
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[Posted: November 28, 2019]

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