Ohio Furniture Maker Cited for Particulates Emissions

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has filed an administrative complaint against Sauder Woodworking Cogeneration Facility for alleged Clean Air Act violations at the company's furniture manufacturing plant in Archbold, Ohio, proposing a $328,334 penalty. EPA alleges the company violated federal and state regulations by emitting excessive amounts of visible particulates (smoke, dust, ash), nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds from its wood-fired boilers. In addition, the agency alleges the manufacturer violated notification and recordkeeping requirements and requirements to continuously monitor emissions from its boilers.

EPA said it learned of the alleged violations after receiving excess emission reports that the company was required to submit to the state. The agency notified Sauder of alleged violations in April 2008 and again in February 2009 and met with the company after each notification to discuss the findings and how to resolve them.

The agency noted that inhaling high concentrations of particulates can have adverse health effects, particularly in children, the elderly, and people with heart and lung disease. Nitrogen oxides can irritate the lungs and lower resistance to respiratory infections. They also contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone (smog) and acid rain. Volatile organic compounds also contribute to the formation of smog. Smog is formed when a mixture of pollutants react on warm, sunny days. Smog can cause respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest pain. People with asthma, children, and the elderly are especially at risk, but these health concerns are important to everyone, EPA said.

Sauder has 30 days from receipt of the complaint to file an answer and request a hearing. It may request an informal conference with EPA at any time to discuss resolving the allegations.

Product Showcase

  • The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus is a simple-to-use, portable multi gas detector that runs continuously for three years without being recharged or routinely calibrated after its initial charge and calibration during manufacturing. The detector reliably tests a worksite’s atmosphere for hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, oxygen and combustible gases (LEL). Its durability enables the detector to withstand the harshest treatment and environments, hence earning it an IP 68 rating. The MGC Simple Plus is also compatible with a variety of accessories, such as the GCT External Pump. Visit gascliptech.com for more information. 3

  • Safety Knives

    The Safety Knife Company has developed a quality range of safety knives for all industries. Designed so that fingers cannot get to the blades, these knives will safely cut through cardboard, tape, strapping, shrink or plastic wrap or a variety of other packing materials. Because these knives have no exposed blades and only cut cardboard deep, they will not only protect employees against lacerations but they will also save product. The Metal Detectable versions have revolutionary metal detectable polypropylene knife bodies specifically for the food and pharmaceutical industries. This material can be detected and rejected by typical detection machines and is X-ray visible. 3

  • AirChek Connect Sampling Pump

    Stay connected to your sampling with the SKC AirChek® Connect Sampling Pump! With its Bluetooth connection to PC and mobile devices, you can monitor AirChek Connect pump operation without disrupting workflow. SKC designed AirChek Connect specifically for all OEHS professionals to ensure accurate, reliable flows from 5 to 5000 ml/min and extreme ease of use. AirChek Connect offers easy touch screen operation and flexibility. It is quality built to serve you and the workers you protect. Ask about special pricing and a demo at AIHA Connect Booth 1003. 3

Featured