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Environmental Enforcement – Logan Aluminum Settles EPA Lawsuit

A Kentucky Aluminum manufacturer has settled a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Secondary Aluminum Production.

The compliant alleges that production of  aluminum occurring at Logan Aluminum’s Russellville, Ky., secondary aluminum facility caused emissions of several hazardous air pollutants that exceeded levels mandated by the Clean Air Act.

Under the terms of the settlement, Logan Aluminum will pay a civil penalty of $285,000 and install a pollution control device called a baghouse for one of its furnace’s capture/collection systems. The civil penalty is the second highest to be negotiated in dealing with a single facility for violations of the Clean Air Act’s secondary aluminum production regulations.

Logan Aluminum manufactures aluminum coils which are used in the beverage industry. Part of the production process for these coils causes emissions of  dioxins and furans, hydrogen chloride and particulate matter.

The complaint was filed and the consent decree lodged Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

The consent decree will appear in the Federal Register allowing for a 30-day public comment period before the consent decree can be entered by the court as final judgment.

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