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Hearing scheduled on EFCO's clean air settlement with DNR

Thursday, December 31, 2009

EFCO Corporation main plant in Monett.
A public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Monett Chamber of Commerce meeting room on a settlement agreement between EFCO Corporation of Monett and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Missouri Attorney General's office. The deal in question stems from an air pollution issue involving EFCO's paint lines at its main Monett factory.

EFCO has a permit with DNR limiting the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from its paint operations. According to the settlement agreement, EFCO officials discovered inconsistencies in the way VOCs were being measured in June of 2008. EFCO officials alerted DNR that the company may have inadvertently exceeded its emissions limit of 249 tons of VOCs in a 12-month period, between Jan. 1, 2006, and Sept. 30, 2008.

On Jan. 2, DNR issued notices that record keeping and emissions violations may have occurred. EFCO and DNR discussed terms to amicably resolve the alleged violations without EFCO admitting the validity or accuracy of any such claims.

The hearing on Jan. 7 gives the public an opportunity to comment on the matter.

Those interested in speaking at the public hearing must request to speak in advance of the hearing. If the department does not receive any requests to speak at the public hearing by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the department will cancel the hearing.

Written comments can still be submitted to DNR whether or not the hearing is held. Comments can be submitted or requests to speak at the hearing can be made in writing and mailed to James L. Kavanaugh at Missouri Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or faxed to 573-751-2706. Written comments can also be submitted by e-mail to apcppermitspn@dnr.mo.gov.

All written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17.

The settlement includes the following provisions:

* Without admitting liability or fault, EFCO agrees to pay a civil penalty of $75,000, which will be deposited into the Barry County School Fund;

* EFCO will apply to DNR to construct equipment to analyze VOC emissions and to build a regenerative thermal oxidizer, which will control up to 80 percent of the plant's VOC emissions. The existing paint line will be modified with the new equipment to capture all of the VOC emissions. Similar equipment will be installed on two new paint lines to capture 100 percent of emissions.

* The Missouri attorney general agrees to bring no civil or administrative action against EFCO for alleged violations in return for the company taking these steps.

DNR has already reviewed EFCO's air permit application and has given preliminary approval to the application with certain conditions. A copy of the application, the preliminary determination and other related materials are available for public review at the Monett Library Branch at Sixth and Bond streets.

For more information concerning the hearing, call the department's Air Pollution Control Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-4817.

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