General Linen Service Agrees to Pay Fines For Air Pollution Violations
Concord, NH - Commissioner Thomas S. Burack of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) announced today the execution of an Administrative Fine by Consent Agreement with General Linen Service Co., Inc., of Somersworth. The Agreement resolves alleged violations of the Federal Clean Air Act and the State’s Air Pollution Control Act that occurred at the facility.
Under the terms of the agreement, the company has not admitted liability for the alleged violations but has paid administrative fines totaling $3,750 to the State. The fines resolve allegations that the company failed to renew the air permit for its boilers in a timely manner and failed to apply for a permit when it increased the amount of solvent-soaked ink wipers accepted for laundering in 2009. The company has informed its customers that it has stopped accepting ink wipers, and it will request a cap on volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in its air permit.
Commissioner Burack noted that companies can avoid fines and penalties by asking for assistance from DES in order to comply with environmental requirements when they expand or change operations.
For information on the settlement, or on New Hampshire’s air permitting program, contact Pam Monroe, DES Compliance Bureau Administrator, at 271-0882.
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