2013 March 1: IL Chicago: Tire-burning facility closed by EPA

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MEDIA CONTACT: Phillippa Cannon (U.S. EPA), 312-353-6218, cannon.phillippa@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 13-OPA006

EPA Settles with Geneva Energy on Clean Air Act Violations; Tire-burning Facility to Close

Chicago (Feb. 25, 2013) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement with Geneva Energy, LLC on the terms of a consent decree to resolve allegations that the company violated the Clean Air Act at a tire-burning electric generating plant in Ford Heights, Illinois. Geneva has agreed to close the facility, which operated intermittently from 2006 until the fall of 2011.

A federal lawsuit was filed at the same time as the settlement and alleges violations included in an August 2010 EPA Notice and Finding of Violation issued to the facility. The NOV/FOV alleged violations of the facility’s construction permit, including monitoring and reporting requirements and emission limits established for carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, ammonia, particulate matter, and opacity.

“This settlement will eliminate the source of almost 200 tons of air pollutants each year, in a community that has historically been disproportionately impacted by environmental contamination,” said EPA Regional Administrator Susan Hedman.

As part of the consent decree, Geneva will also withdraw all permits and permit applications submitted to Illinois EPA and surrender all sulfur dioxide allowances. Based on an analysis of financial information, the government concluded that Geneva is insolvent and unable to pay a civil penalty.

The consent decree also resolves Clean Air Act violations by NAES Corporation, an operations consultant at the facility during a 14-month period in 2008-2009. NAES will pay a $185,000 civil penalty.

Documents related to this settlement are available on EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/region5/air/enforce/genevaenergy.html.

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