TO: Editors and reporters
FROM: Fred Sigg
Vice President and General Manager
[Von Roll WTI incinerator, East Liverpool]
20 June 2003
Clearing the air
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - Misleading statements by local critics and a flawed newspaper story have generated confusion and false perceptions about our facility and the monitoring of local ambient air quality by environmental regulators.
In a press release that meanders from false allegation to topics that are no longer relevant to quotes taken out of context, local critics yesterday stated that air-monitoring stations in East Liverpool exist solely to measure air emissions from our facility. That claim, which they repeat several times, is simply wrong.
The Ohio EPA monitors air quality in this and many other communities throughout the state in compliance with the federal Clean Air Act.
According to the U.S. EPA, "Through this program, air quality samples are collected to judge attainment of ambient air quality standards, to prevent or alleviate air pollution emergencies, to observe pollution trends throughout regions, and to evaluate the effects of urban, land-use, and transportation planning relating to air pollution."
The monitors here in East Liverpool are not specific to any industrial source, including ours. Yet that link has been made and has been reported as fact.
Media outlets that have reported that these monitors are specific to our operation are requested to correct the record. Not to do so would leave this false impression in the minds of the public.
For questions concerning the local air monitoring stations and their operation, please contact Pat Madigan of the Ohio EPA. Her telephone number is 614.644.2782.For 11 years we have operated a real-time continuous emissions monitoring system at this facility. This system, which is audited quarterly to ensure that it is performing properly, monitors nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, opacity, total hydrocarbon, hydrochloric acid, oxygen and sulfur dioxide. This information is available in real-time to environmental regulators 24/7.
Moreover, we conduct a specific test each year to ensure the integrity of our environmental performance. Our results were used, in part, by the U.S. EPA to tighten air quality standards for the hazardous waste combustion industry. Known as the Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule, these standards go into effect in September.
# # #Contact:
Raymond J. Wayne
Von Roll America, Inc.