Dallas, Texas (October 16, 2023) – On September 27, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entered a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) with Evergreen Packaging LLC (“Evergreen”) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA). It has been concluded. The CAFO alleges that Evergreen failed to control hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) within its facilities. The boiler did not meet fuel specifications and the window/hood of the washing machine could not be closed while it was running. Evergreen Packaging LLC he must pay a civil penalty of $256,973.
“This settlement holds the EPA holding company responsible for failing to meet important standards of the Clean Air Act.” said Regional Administrator Dr. Arcee Nance. “Harmful air pollutants not only pose a threat to the environment, but they also impact neighboring communities. With the settlement’s remedial actions and additional environmental projects, Pine Bluff residents will be able to improve their local air quality. The quality will be better.”
Pursuant to the settlement, Evergreen must take several corrective actions at its facilities to maintain compliance with the CAA. Evergreen maintains a repair and replacement program for digester capping valves and employs independent inspectors to perform inspections of all parts of the bleach plant and bleach equipment to detect problems with hood openings or enclosures. A report identifying each case must be prepared and submitted to EPA. Must be open and must submit compliance status update notifications.
Additionally, Evergreen has agreed to undertake a $2,100,000 Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) to reduce HAPs in its wastewater treatment system. Evergreen will install 10 new mechanical aerators in the wastewater treatment system and relocate the outfall locations. By adding an aerator and relocating the drain, Evergreen is able to provide more accurate and reliable flow monitoring, reducing the total amount of suspended solids at the drain and reducing wastewater flow. More stable. The SEP is expected to be completed within 30 months.
Evergreen Packaging LLC has 30 days to pay the civil penalty against the U.S. The proposed CAFO can be viewed on the EPA’s public website Website.