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Mettiki Coal

Baltimore, MD: (Jul-19-07) The Maryland Department of the Environment brought a lawsuit against Mettiki Coal in Baltimore City Circuit Court, alleging that the company violated state air pollution requirements by having excessive sulfur dioxide emissions. The suit stated that an investigation conducted by state authorities had revealed that there were air pollution violations at the Mettiki Coal facility in Garrett County in May 2006. The state air pollution requirements were breached at the facility, when its thermal coal dryer emitted sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere in excess of permitted levels.

In a settlement reached, Mettiki Coal agreed to pay $150,000. In addition to the civil penalty, Mettiki must conduct monthly inspections on the scrubber and to measure and record scrubber operational parameters continuously to ensure optimal performance of the pollution control equipment. If optimal performance levels are not met, Mettiki will be required to make improvements to the air pollution control equipment that controls the thermal coal dryer. [CUMBERLAND TIMES NEWS: SO2 EMISSIONS]

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Published on Jul-23-07


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