Shelburne Company Fined For Emissions Violation

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The Environmental Protection Agency says a Vermont wire coating company has been fined $123,000 for an emissions violation.

Harbour Industries of Shelburne makes high performance wire and cable emitting volatile organic compounds in the process.

To control the emissions, the company runs a gas-fired regenerative thermal oxidizer.

But the EPA says the company violated a permit issued by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation in the last three years by failing to show it was complying with the 50-tons-a-year limit on volatile organic compounds and not developing and submitting an operation and maintenance plan for its oxidizer.

Harbour Industries is correcting the violation.

The EPA says volatile organic compounds contribute to the creation of ground-level ozone which can damage human lung tissue and reduce lung function.

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