ALTIVIA Petrochemicals LLC has passed a consensus order requiring it to pay a civil penalty of $1,112,500 and improve leak detection and repair work practices to investigate suspected Clean Air Act (CAA) violations at a petrochemical manufacturing facility in Haverhill, Ohio, to arbitrate. Emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as phenol from leaking appliances pollute the environment and can cause serious health effects, including anorexia, dizziness, and blood and liver damage.
According to the seven-fold complaint, filed October 5, 2021 in the Southern District of Ohio, ALTIVIA allegedly violated CAA requirements to monitor and repair leaking equipment, demonstrate compliance with chemical plant regulations, and HAP emissions required to control devices.
“This case and settlement demonstrate that the Justice Department will take vigorous action against companies that violate federal environmental laws,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Division of Environment and Natural Resources. “The substantial civil penalty received will serve as a deterrent to future violations, and the compliance program will require ALTIVIA to improve its monitoring and maintenance practices to prevent future fugitive emission violations.”
“Prevention or prompt detection and repair are critical to protecting human health and the environment,” said US Attorney Kenneth Parker for the Southern District of Ohio. “The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are vigilant in ensuring compliance with the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws.”
“This consent decree will benefit Ohio communities by reducing hazardous air pollution,” said Debra Shore, EPA Region 5 administrator Improve efforts to comply with the Clean Air Act and best implement monitoring and repair…