Maine pellet maker fined $151K for violations dating to 2020

A Sanford, Maine, wood pellet manufacturing facility was fined $151,550 for a string of violations dating back to 2020.

According to a report that originally ran in the Maine Monitor, the violations included failing to meet testing deadlines, exceeding emissions requirements and failing to keep sufficient records. The plant, operated by T&D Wood Energy LLC, has been the subject of several complaints made to the state Department of Environmental Protection over the years. Neighbors, the report said, complained of “smoke, odor, dust and noise” shortly after the plant started operating in 2018.

Despite warnings from the department, issues abounded over the next few years. DEP staff conducted several full inspections and issued four license amendments to address noncompliance issues, and worked extensively with the operators to help them understand what needed to be done to come into compliance.

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