Wednesday, July 15, 2009

EPA cites Sauder for clean-air violations

The EPA is taking action against Sauder Woodworking Facility for alleged Clean Air Act violations at the company's furniture manufacturing plant in Archbold, Ohio. EPA proposed a $328,334 penalty.

Allegations suggest Sauder has violated federal and state regulations by emitting excessive amounts of particulates (smoke, dust, ash), nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds from its plant. Sauder has also violated notification and record keeping requirements and requirements to continuously monitor emissions.

Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can have adverse health effects, particularly in children, the elderly and people with heart and lung disease, while nitrogen oxide can irritate the lungs and lower resistance to respiratory infections. Nitrogen oxide also contributes to the formation of smog and acid rain.

Volatile organic compounds also contribute to the formation of smog. People with asthma, children and the elderly are especially at risk.

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crackbaby said...

Serves them right. Sauder's "furniture" is crap. Oriented strand board, cardboard, cheap veneer, etc.. Now we know that they treat the environment the same way they treat their products and customers.

Use real wood furniture, not the garbage that will end up in the garbage in a year or two.

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Praful Agarwal said...

Hey very nice blog!I read the complete blog and found the information that EPA learned of the alleged violations after receiving excess emission reports that the company was required to submit to the state.It can effect the health, particularly of children, the elders and the peoples already suffering from the heart and lung diseases.Career Mint