EPD prepares to fine GIW Industries again

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ATLANTA — For the second time in eight months, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division is preparing to fine GIW Industries of Grovetown for not submitting paperwork required by its air-emissions permit.

Wednesday is the final day for the public to submit comments before the agency levies a $8,000 fine.

The company was about a month late in submitting its application to renew its five-year permit to operate a factory that emits smoke and soot.

The permit spells out limits on what is allowed and dictates how often the company must conduct tests to assure emissions are within those limits.

The company was fined $3,000 in November for not conducting the tests.

Five years ago, the company received a pair of fines totaling $12,000 for similar lapses, according to EPD records. At that time, the company consented to the
fine and agreed to comply in the future.

GIW’s permit requires it to hire a qualified testing outfit to evaluate the opacity of its emissions, essentially judging how dark the plume of smoke is from its chimney.

The test is required every six months, with a different test every five years of the amount of particles in the smoke.

“Basically, it came down to they didn’t have records. They claimed it was conducted, but if they don’t have records, we can’t accept it,” said Sean Taylor, a chemical and mineral manager in EPD’s air quality control unit.

Taylor said he had no reason to believe the GIW plant was discharging more than the allowed emissions.

“We don’t have a test report, so we don’t know,” he said.

The company, formerly known as Georgia Iron Works, makes large pumps for the mining and chemical industries and has another factory in Thomson. It is a subsidiary of KSB AG of Germany.

Messages left with three managers seeking a comment were not immediately returned.

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afadel 07/09/13 - 08:55 am
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Is the fine greater than the cost of hiring the testing outfit?

GIW’s permit requires it to hire a qualified testing outfit to evaluate the opacity of its emissions, essentially judging how dark the plume of smoke is from its chimney.

The fine is only $8,000. How much does the required testing cost? If the fine is less than the cost of testing, then GIW will never do the proper testing.

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afadel 07/09/13 - 09:01 am
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GA EDP Web Site Lists Address for Comments

http://www.gaepd.org/pls/enfo/epdorders.p_orders

Send comments to

Mr. Keith M. Bentley
Air Protection Branch
4244 International Parkway, Suite 120
Atlanta, Georgia 30354

afadel
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afadel 07/09/13 - 09:36 am
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Contact information to submit comments

The EPD case number is EPD-AQC-6643.

Send your comments to

Mr. Keith M. Bentley
Air Protection Branch
4244 International Parkway, Suite 120
Atlanta, Georgia 30354

Since deadline is tomorrow, it's best to fax to (404) 363-7100. You can also e-mail to keith.bentley [at] dnr.state.ga.us

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