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  • DNREC fines Del. City plastics manufacturer for air quality violations

  • A Delaware City plastics manufacturer recently was fined $23,460 by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
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  • A Delaware City plastics manufacturer recently was fined $23,460 by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
    Formosa Plastics Corporation of Delaware, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Livingston, N.J.-based Formosa Plastics, was cited Nov. 20 for five violations of it air permit federal air quality regulations between Jan. 21 and May 22, according to DNREC.
    The plant at 780 Schoolhouse Road produces polyvinyl chloride resin (PVC) from vinyl acetate monomer and vinyl choloride monomer, a hazardous air pollutant that can cause dizziness, drowsiness and headaches in humans after short-term exposure and lead to liver cancer after long-term exposure.
    According to DNREC, Formosa Plastics exceeded its permitted three-parts-per-million limit for the discharge of stripped wastewater on Jan. 21, Feb. 25 and April 14. Equipment issues reportedly resulted in two additional violations on May 10 and May 22.
    In addition to the fine, Formosa also is required to pay $3,519 in costs associated with DNREC’s investigation.
    Formosa has 30 days from the citation date to seek a public hearing on the violations.
    The penalty order issued by DNREC can be viewed at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Info/Pages/SecOrders_Enforcement.aspx.

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