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EPA SETTLES WITH HENRY LINK, INC., LEXINGTON, N.C., FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE CLEAN AIR ACT

 EPA SETTLES WITH HENRY LINK, INC., LEXINGTON, N.C.,
 FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE CLEAN AIR ACT
 ATLANTA, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today the settlement of a Civil Complaint against Henry Link Inc., in Lexington, N.C., for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
 Under the terms of the settlement, the company must pay a penalty of $115,000 and improve its recordkeeping and reporting system of air emissions, so that both the state of North Carolina and EPA can ensure the company's compliance with the air permit.
 EPA Regional Administrator Greer C. Tidwell said: "We are serious in our commitment to protect the environment from pollution. We will continue to work vigorously to ensure industry complies with the requirements of the Clean Air Act, and other environmental laws, in order to protect public health and the environment."
 EPA alleged that Henry Link, Inc. had improperly expanded its wood furniture plant without undergoing full review for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) requirements. In the PSD program, state and federal permits are intended to restrict emissions from new or modified sources in places where the air quality is already better than required to meet air quality standards. Instead, Henry Link, Inc. obtained a permit from the North Carolina Department of Health, Environment and Natural Resources which restricted air emissions of volatile organic compounds (hydrocarbons used as solvents in coating on the wood furniture) to less than 250 tons per year, thereby exempting the plant from meeting the PSD requirements. However, between 1984 and 1989, actual volatile organic compound emissions from the plant exceeded the 250 per ton limit in the North Carolina permit, which placed the facility under PSD requirements for that entire period.
 The state of North Carolina issued a new construction and operating permit to the facility in 1990 that limited emissions to less than 250 tons per year. The permit was modified in 1991 to include terms that made the permit federally enforceable by EPA, as well as the state of North Carolina.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson, press office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency; Henry Link, Inc. ST: North Carolina IN: SU: EXE


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