Amber Finkelstein

Ohio EPA, Sand Company Settle Air Pollution Violations

In a settlement with Ohio EPA, Oglebay Norton Industrial Sands LLC has agreed to resolve air pollution control violations at its facility, located at 2446 Glass Rock Rd., Glenford (Perry Co.). The company, doing business as Carmeuse Industrial Sands, mines, processes and distributes various industrial sands. Ohio EPA regulates emissions to ensure compliance with applicable laws and environmental protection.

After mining, the company cleans, sizes and dries sands in a dryer. The particulate matter emissions generated by the dryer are captured and controlled with a wet scrubber. Ohio EPA determined several violations were occurring with this dryer and control equipment, including failure to:

  • properly monitor and record the wet scrubber’s liquid flow rate and pressure drop; and
  • comply with the particulate matter emission limitation.

As required by state and federal standards, the company has agreed to use baseline parameters determined in an April 2010 particulate matter compliance test before establishing new monitoring and reporting baseline parameters for the dryer’s wet scrubber. Civil penalties benefit Ohio EPA’s Clean Diesel School Bus Program Fund and regulatory program oversight.


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