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Maine storage facility to reduce emissions following Clean Air Act violations

Maine storage facility to reduce emissions following Clean Air Act violations
A storage facility in Maine has agreed to reduce its emissions and pay a fine after it violated certain provisions of the Clean Air Act.

Global Companies, which has a facility in South Portland that stores oil and asphalt, has reached a settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Justice to limit the emissions of volatile organic compounds from heated tanks in South Portland that store asphalt and residual #6 fuel oil.

The company will also install mist eliminator systems on the tanks to address local air impacts. Global will also invest at least $150,000 in a project to encourage the replacement or upgrades of wood stoves in the area.

It will pay a $40,000 penalty to settle the charges by EPA that it violated certain provisions of the Clean Air Act. Data from emissions testing revealed that the tanks at Global's South Portland facility emit VOCs at substantially higher levels than previously estimated.

Under the agreement, Global will apply for a revised permit from Maine that will limit the amount of #6 oil and asphalt the company can pass through the facility and will limit the number of days it can heat the tanks and the number of tanks that can store #6 oil at any one time.



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