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Glass Manufacturer to Pay $31,650 for Air Quality Violations in City of Chester

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Additional $31,650 Will Go Toward Community Environmental Asthma Screening

NORRISTOWN, Pa., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PQ Corp. will pay $31,650 in civil penalties for exceeding allowable emission rates at its glass manufacturing facility located in Chester, Delaware County.

As part of its Sept. 1 agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection, PQ will provide an additional $31,650 toward the completion of a community asthma screening project by Crozer-Chester Medical Center. 

"This agreement includes corrective actions that PQ must take to ensure continued compliance with our air quality regulations, including the installation of continuous emission monitoring devices on its equipment," Southeast Regional Director Joseph A. Feola said. "Additional penalties are stipulated for failing to meet any milestone deadline, as well as for failing to perform and pass annual stack testing."

PQ Corp. manufactures sodium and potassium silicate used as a filler material in commercial products, and operates a glass melting furnace under a DEP facility-wide air permit at 1201 W. Front St., Chester.

Stack testing performed on this furnace in November 2007 revealed that particulate matter emissions exceeded allowable rates.  A February 2008 test of this same unit noted a continuing violation, resulting in a DEP citation issued May 22, 2008.  

In response, the company installed a batch wetting system on the unit to control particulate matter emissions. This work was performed during a unit shutdown in March and April. 

Under terms of the agreement, PQ would pay stipulated penalties of $500 per day for each missed milestone, including annual stack tests to ensure compliance with all emission limits.

The asthma screening project is a continuation of work performed by the Crozer-Chester Medical Center to screen and treat children for asthma in the Chester Upland School District.  This current project is for the 2009-2010 school year, and costs an estimated $131,384.  Crozer-Chester has agreed to provide the balance necessary to fund the project. 

PQ paid $46,196 in penalties in 2007 for stack testing violations, for exceeding its annual emission limit and submitting incorrect emission inventory information to DEP.  Violations noted in 2006 resulted in a $4,500 penalty for exceeding an emission limit on a facility boiler.

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Source: ReutersAuthor: shangyi

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