June 26, 2016

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Medina’s Plasti-Kote fined by state EPA

By Lisa Hlavinka | The Gazette

MEDINA— Plasti-Kote Co. Inc. will pay a $240,000 penalty to the Ohio EPA as a settlement for violating Ohio’s air pollution laws.

Among other violations, the EPA found that Plasti-Kote, a paint and coatings manufacturer, failed to provide permit and compliance reports in a timely manner.

The permits allow a company to emit a certain amount of pollutants into the air. When companies exceed this amount, they are supposed to submit a deviation report to the EPA, in addition to the regular reports of emissions, EPA spokesman Mike Settles said.

“Ohio EPA relies on timely and complete reports to ensure facilities are operating in compliance with their permits,” he said.

When Plasti-Kote, 1000 Lake Road, later submitted the reports, the EPA found equipment at the facility was emitting excessive amounts of volatile organic compounds between Feb. 15, 2005, and Jan. 30, 2009, Settles said.

“There are limits on certain pollutants…so they won’t adversely impact human and environmental health,” Settles said.

The violations were documented by the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District, Ohio EPA’s contractual representative responsible for administering the air pollution control program in Medina County.

The penalty will send $96,000 to support state and local air pollution control programs, $96,000 to the Ohio Environmental Education Fund and $48,000 to Ohio EPA’s clean diesel school bus program.

Plasti-Kote makes various paints and coatings for home and automotive use. The Medina facility is permitted to operate numerous spray booths, mixing stations and other pieces of equipment that emit air pollutants.

The company is now in compliance with Ohio’s air pollution control laws, Settles said.

Plasti-Kote could not be reached for comment.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@ohio.net.