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Group alleges Owens-Illinois' California plant is violating Clean Air Act

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By Marian Johns | Dec 27, 2019

Environement

FRESNO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The owners and operators of a glass container manufacturing plant in the San Joaquin Valley is facing allegations of Clean Air Act violations by a nonprofit pollution prevention group.

Association of Irritated Residents (AIR) filed a complaint Dec. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Owens-Illinois Inc. alleging violation of the Clean Air Act.

AIR alleges in its complaint that Owens-Illinois' glass manufacturing plant located in Tracy, California, is "exceeding the opacity emissions limits" and CO emissions limits. AIR also alleges Owens-Illinois has failed to "vent its exhaust" by controlling its equipment. 

AIR seeks civil penalties of $37,500 per day for each violation proven before Nov. 2, 2015, and $47,357 per day for each violation proven after Nov. 2, 2015, and other just relief. It is represented by Erica Maharg, Matthew Maclear, Jason Flanders and Lydia Wood of The Aqua Terra Aeris Law Group in Oakland. 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California case number 1:19-cv-01707-DAD-JLT

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