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EPA announces deal with Cherenzia Excavation after allegations of Clean Air Act violations

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 6, 2016

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 EPA’s requirements.

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.

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