PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Download our free ebook on Ultra-High-Pressure Waterjetting

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


DuPont Accepts $800K EPA Fine

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More items for Environmental Controls

Comment | More

Coatings chemical giant DuPont has agreed to pay an $800,000 fine and add several programs to settle long-running federal allegations of air-pollution violations at its massive Washington Works facility in West Virginia.

A proposed deal announced Monday (Oct. 28) by the Environmental Protection Agency would resolve violations of the Clean Air Act dating to 2007. The 1,200-acre Washington Works site, which includes 14 divisions, has produced a variety of polymer products since 1948.

The allegations accused DuPont of failure to:

  • Monitor pumps, valves, and connectors;
  • Calibrate monitoring equipment;
  • Identify and report equipment containing hazardous air pollutants (HAPs);
  • Close open-ended lines containing HAPs; and
  • Conduct required pressure tests at the plant.
DuPont Washington Works
EPA

DuPont will pay an $800,000 fine and implement several emissions safeguards at its Washington Works site in West Virginia. The deal settles alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

The site, in Washington, WV, is DuPont's second-largest manufacturing facility in the world, plant manager Karl Boelter told the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

Auditing VOC Emissions

The enforcement action is part of EPA's national initiative to reduce emissions of HAPs by enforcing compliance with the Clean Air Act's Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) regulations. The act requires industrial facilities to implement an LDAR program to monitor and audit VOC emissions.

Leaking equipment such as valves, pumps and connectors is the largest source of emissions of hazardous air emissions from chemical manufacturers and petroleum refineries, according to EPA. Facilities subject to LDAR requirements must regularly monitor equipment containing HAPs to promptly identify and fix leaks.

In a civil complaint, the EPA and West Virginia alleged several violations of LDAR safeguards at the Washington Works facility.

Leak and Repair Detection
EPA's LDAR Guide

According to EPA, leaking equipment is the largest source of hazardous air emissions from chemical manufacturers and petroleum refineries.

DuPont agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty and implement safeguards to limit emissions of hazardous air pollutants, including volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, methanol and acetal, according to EPA. The $800,000 penalty will be divided equally between the United States and West Virginia.

The proposed settlement was filed in federal district court in Charleston, WV, by the U.S. Department of Justice.

"Washington Works is committed to compliance with the terms of the Consent Decree and in operating our facility consistent with our core values," a DuPont spokesperson said on Tuesday (Oct. 29).

Implementing Safeguards

The proposed consent decree includes injunctive relief measures that DuPont must implement related to leak detection and repair, including:

  • Commissioning an independent third-party audit of the facility;
  • Preparing a detailed LDAR manual covering all regulated process units at the facility;
  • Implementing an LDAR training program;
  • Instituting a two-year enhanced LDAR program; and
  • Conducting quarterly QA/QC reviews and annual audits of the program to monitor compliance with the consent decree.

The proposed consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval.

   

Tagged categories: Clean Air Act; DuPont; Emissions; Enforcement; EPA; Hazardous air pollutants; VOC emissions

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Julbert, Inc.
Built from the ground up.

Dust Collectors Available!
We deliver to your Jobsite!
Built Tough! Priced Right!
PH: 208-437-2100 customerservice@julbertinc.com


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
http://www.sspc.org/

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !


Nationwide Overspray
Profession Overspray Removal Services

The Finest Name in Safe Overspray Removal. We specialize in removing all contaminants from any surface. Family Owned and Operated for 33 years! Fully insured. Satisfaction is guaranteed.


DRYCO
Climate Control...delivered.

Temporary climate control equipment. Dehumidifiers,
Heaters, A/C, Power, More…
Call: 866-379-2600


Sherwin-Williams
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

With 4,000 distribution points and 3,700+ years of experience, Sherwin-Williams delivers the products, support and expertise you need, right where you need it.


Wasser High-Tech Coatings Inc.
Wasser Coatings Protect

Wasser Coatings offer a complete range of Moisture Cure Urethane (NEPCOAT approved) systems in addition to Polyurea membranes and linings(NSF).
www.wassercoatings.com


HoldTight Solutions Inc.
NO FLASH RUST -
NO CONTAMINANTS

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. It has no equal; only wannabees.
Contact us for your
nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com


Minerals Research & Recovery

HIGH PERFORMANCE ABRASIVES


“Made in the USA!”

Why recycle waste from other countries? Go FASTER, CLEANER, at 1/3 THE COST with MR&R “All-American” Sharpshot®HP!!

WATCH THE VIDEO


Polyval Coatings
Polyflex® Polyurea Linings

Polyflex™ new Polyurea Geotextile Membrane System has been specifically engineered to protect the environment in containment applications.
www.polyflexlinings.com


Binks/DeVilbiss
Built for Tough Jobs

From Epoxies to Urethanes to other high solid coatings, the new Binks Airless 75 delivers a great finish using an ergonomic design. Visit binks.com for more information.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com