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  • Massachusetts printing company cited for alleged clean air violations

    Suddekor Inc., a printing firm located in Agawam, Massachusetts, was recently fined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allegedly violating the Federal Clean Air Act. EPA officials noted that the company's facility could potentially emit sufficient pollutants to be subject to the act's National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Printing and Publishing Facilities. Additionally, these administrators said the business would require a Title V operating permit under the Clean Air Act.

    The recent penalty imposed against Suddekor requires the company to submit a plan to the EPA about how it will reduce hazardous air pollutant emissions over time. Suddekor representatives said the company will use more environmentally friendly inks to help lower these emissions.

    In 1970, federal officials passed the Clean Air Act to alter the government's role in controlling air pollution. The regulation led to the creation of four major regulatory programs and comprehensive federal and state regulations to limit emissions from industrial and mobile sources.

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  • Iowa city targets air quality improvements

    In November 2012, sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels in Muscatine, Iowa, exceeded the standards established by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Ambient Air Monitoring Group. According to the Muscatine Journal, the city had 308.8 parts per billion for SO2, which equates to roughly an air quality index of more than 200, during a measurement on November 10.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that sulfur dioxide in the air comes primarily from activities associated with the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil at power plants or from copper smelting. SO2 can cause numerous health problems, including breathing, nose and throat issues, and Muscatine officials intend to improve the city's air quality.

    Jessica Brackett, executive director of Clean Air Muscatine, said that city officials are working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve the higher-than-average SO2 levels in the area. The EPA established a February 2013 deadline for the state's Department of Natural Resources to develop a strategy for reducing air pollution in Iowa.

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  • EPA promotes public involvement in Texas air-pollution permits

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging Texas residents to become actively involved in helping the state control air pollution at power plants and other industrial facilities. According to the Houston Chronicle, the agency approved revised regulations for the Lone Star State's power plants and refineries on November 30, 2012.

    EPA officials noted that the public plays a role in the permit-approval process, and residents can offer input before a company receives a state-issued permit. Ron Curry, a local administrator with the EPA, said that public participation is essential for the agency's Clean Air Act to be successful. Amendments from this regulation are designed to help people avoid the dangers of air pollution, and under the recently accepted Texas legislation, agency representatives said they hope state residents will have easier access to documents and other information related to pending permits.

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