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Environmental Enforcement: Wire and Cable Manufacturer Fined for Permit Violations

Harbour Industries, which manufactures wires and cables, has been ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pay a $123,840 penalty for violating its Clean Air Act permit over a period of three years.

The company manufactures high-performance wire and cable using processes that, according to the EPA, emit volatile organic compounds. The company operates a gas-fired regenerative thermal oxidizer to control these emissions.

According to the EPA, Harbour has violated its permit since 2008 at its Shelburne, Vt., facility by failing to use an approved method to show it was complying with its volatile organic compounds limit of 50 tons a year. The agency also alleged the company failed to develop and submit for approval an operation and maintenance plan for the oxidizer meant to control emissions.

Harbour’s facility operates under a permit issued by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The conditions of its permit can be enforced both by the state and the EPA.

According to the EPA, volatile organic compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, which can damage lung tissue and reduce lung function.

Harbour Industries is in the process of correcting the violations by making the required submissions to DEC for approval, the EPA said in a statement.

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