SAN FRANCISCO -- Roseburg Forest Products has agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act at its softwood veneer plant in Weed, CA.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act violations included:
  · Roseburg did not monitor nitrogen oxides emitted by its biomass boiler for 48 days in 2008 and 2009.
  · Roseburg failed to continuously monitor and record opacity of boiler emissions discharged to the atmosphere from June 15 to June 30, 2008.
  · Roseburg submitted inaccurate 2008 semi-annual opacity reports.

By settling this enforcement action, EPA expects Roseburg to improve its internal procedures so that the company will perform continuous monitoring and submit timely and accurate reports as required by the regulations.

The violations were discovered as a result of an EPA information request. The facility is bordered by residential neighborhoods and is located within a mile of several schools and senior centers.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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