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EPA, Justice Department, Colorado settle with Rocky Mountain Bottle in emissions case

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 12, 2017

DENVER (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the state of Colorado announced June 30 that Rocky Mountain Bottle Company LLC (RMBC) has agreed to install emissions controls on the glass furnaces at its glass bottle manufacturing facility in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

According to the EPA, the installation of these controls will eliminate the emission of more than 200 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) per year, as well as 150 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2). Additionally, the installation of these controls will improve the facility’s compliance with federal and state clean air laws.

“This agreement is a step toward improving local and regional air quality in an area that is facing challenges in meeting standards for ground-level ozone, or smog,” said Deb Thomas, EPA’s acting regional administrator in Denver. “The controls Rocky Mountain Bottle Company will install at the Wheat Ridge facility will eliminate more than 300 tons of harmful air emissions every year, and help reduce unhealthy levels of smog pollution that can contribute to asthma and other respiratory ailments.”

The EPA noted that Colorado, through its Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, was an active partner in settling the case.

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