U.S. EPA Settles Clean Air Act Violations

Date: 18 June 2024
U.S. EPA Settles Clean Air Act Violations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a settlement with Andersen’s Sales and Salvage Inc., located at 1490 E 8th St., Greeley, Colorado, addressing alleged violations of the Clean Air Act related to refrigerant releases. Under the consent agreement and final order, the company will pay a $195,000 penalty for these violations.

Andersen’s Sales and Salvage was found to have failed in ensuring the proper recovery of refrigerants from appliances accepted at its scrapyard. These refrigerants, when released, deplete the stratospheric ozone layer, which shields life from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation, and also contribute to global warming and climate change.

As part of the settlement, Andersen’s Sales and Salvage is required to comply with an administrative compliance order. This includes implementing a comprehensive refrigerant management plan to prevent future violations.

The facility is situated in an area with significant environmental justice concerns. The EPA emphasizes that environmental justice involves the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all individuals, irrespective of race, color, national origin, or income, in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

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