A Honda car parts manufacturer located in North Alabama is facing a $40,000 fine from the state for allegedly committing chemical emissions violations. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management issued a consent order on Nov. 18 that stated that Rainsville Technology did not follow ADEM regulations and emitted more than 95 tons of volatile organic compounds per year from May 2013 to April 2014 (97.07 tons); from June 2013 to May 2014 (95.14 tons); and, from July 2013 to June 2014 (96.24 tons).
The Environmental Protection Agency defines volatile organic compounds as a “variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.” Organic chemicals are used in paints, varnishes, wax. It can also be found in many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing and hobby products. Health effects of volatile organic chemical compounds include eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.
According to ADEM, the firm “gained economic benefit,” from delayed compliance since it did not incur natural gas costs and other expenses for operating its Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer, a combustion device used to reduce the emissions. There have been no other ADEM Air Division violations documented at the facility within the last five years. According to its website, Rainsville Technology employs 400 employees and manufactures a variety of parts for cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks.
Source: The Birmingham News
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