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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

DEP FINES YORK CASKET $65,000 FOR AIR POLLUTION

HARRISBURG – The Department of Environmental Protection has fined the York Casket Co. $65,428 for ongoing violations of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act.

The Manchester Township wooden casket manufacturer operates a number of spray booths to apply sealer and lacquer in order to give its products a finished appearance. Under the terms of its federal permit, York Casket is required to minimize air emissions by incinerating the fumes from the finishing process before releasing them to the atmosphere. York Casket has had problems meeting those limits.

The fine announced today reflects a failure to meet emission requirements from 2004 to 2007. The penalty also addresses excess air emissions that occurred because of malfunctions, the company’s failure to train employees on controlling air emissions in a timely manner as required by their DEP permit, and to report this failure in a required report.

The company has resolved the violations by making operational improvements to the incinerator and revising the company’s Reasonably Available Control Technology plan, which requires a company to evaluate all possible air pollution reduction measures and to implement those that are determined to be “reasonably available.”+

Previous fines totaling $67,000 were issued in 2003 and 2004. York Casket has been on the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s High Priority Violations list, due to the size of the facility and the nature of the emissions.

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

The air quality technicians at the casket company are just a bunch of "dead" beats.

Sorry

JMHO

Anonymous said...

Chase another company overseas. How dumb are we for putting up with these so called laws. Soon all of our once "Made in America" products will be from China. Don't help small business, chase them out of the country.

Anonymous said...

Typical treatment of businesses and industry in Pennsylvania, including Potter County. They are killing even the casket companies.

Anonymous said...

Yea.. and people are just DYING to get into them ..

Anonymous said...

...but what comes into OUR country has contained contaminates up the wazooo!

Ya, that sounds like our government.

Anonymous said...

enough with the "dead" jokes already!

Anonymous said...

If the casket company dies what does it get burried in ?

Anonymous said...

So this pollution is ok? Drilling and wind turbines are not? Just depends on who owns what.....

Anonymous said...

No, it is not okay...but the good ole USA regulates our businesses to death that is why they go out of country.

But our government is VERY lax when it comes to what is imported and how it is made.

Our government has got to find a happy medium or our economy will continue to spiral out of control.

And as far as drilling and wind energy, I am all for both.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is on the right track.

What you need to think very carefully about is who in your government, state and local is doing what to fix this problem and who is promoting it!

Don't let your political affiliation influence your thinking. Think for yourself and understand that this is why the mojority of the country voted for CHANGE!!!

You cannot support those who are supporting these old policies and expect CHANGE and growth for the future.

bill b

Anonymous said...

Yeah....they voted for change all right...they are going to change the Presidential inaugeration to leave out "so help me God". This is just the beginning.....