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Piantedosi Baking Company Pays Fine for Clean Air Violations

The Piantedosi Baking Company in Malden, Massachusetts, a manufacturer of bread products, has reached a settlement in regards to an alleged violation of the Clan Air Act and has agreed to pay a fine of $50,000 as well as buy $25,000 worth of renewable energy credits.

They own and operate two bakeries located at 129 and 240 Commercial Street in Malden. They have a few industrial freezers that contain ozone depleting substances. The EPA had conducted inspections for the purpose of evaluating that the company was in compliance with the stratospheric ozone protection regulations.

The inspections showed that they did not document the type of repairs that had been made on the refrigeration equipment and had also failed to document that they had performed leak repair verification tests. By failing to do the proper documentation, they made it extremely difficult for the EPA to be able to determine whether or not they were repairing any leaks of refrigerant effectively and properly. Piantedosi did correct all of the violations quickly and paid a very hefty fine without costing the government, and themselves as well, the expense of going to trial.

These are important documents because there are certain types of refrigerants, in particular chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), that contain substances that have a big impact on the environment by depleting the thin layer of ozone in the stratosphere. And these CFS’s are very powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

It is that very thin layer of ozone that is the only thing that protects us from the harmful effects of the sun. It is vitally important for any company who uses any of the ozone depleting substances to make absolutely sure that they are not releasing any of these chemicals into the environment.

The renewable energy credits that they have agreed to by will represente27% of the companies electric power over two years time. By purchasing renewable energy they will be able to make very significant reductions in carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, all of which are harmful to the environment.

Fortunately there is an effort underway to phase out most of the substances that deplete the ozone layer. The EPA has initiated a large number of similar cases against several other companies in the New England region for the same time of violations of the stratospheric ozone protection regulations.

The announcement was made by Robert W. Varney, who is the regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.

Source: EPA

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