BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has announced Cherenzia Excavation, which operates a
stone-crushing and gravel processing facility in Westerly, Rhode Island, has taken steps to
help minimize emissions of hazardous air pollutants after a settlement
agreement. The company will also pay $84,070 in penalties for its alleged
violations of the Clean Air Act.
Cherenzia Excavation runs plants at 64 Old Hopkinton
Road and 109 White Rock Road in Westerly. The company uses three stationary diesel
engines/generators at the former and one at the latter. These engines are
subject to the National Emission Standards for hazardous air pollutants for
stationary reciprocating internal combustion engines.
According to the EPA, Cherenzia Excavation needed to come
into compliance with federal clean air laws at these facilities. To do so, the
company installed pollution control equipment on three of the engines and ran
initial tests that determined whether the engines met the standards needed. It
replaced the fourth engine with a new, certified engine that complies with the
By completing these steps, Cherenzia Excavation will reduce
emissions of hazardous air pollutants at its plants. Air toxics can produce a
variety of health difficulties for the general population.