October 6, 2008
Senesco faces hefty EPA penalty
The Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corp. (Senesco), of North Kingstown, R.I., faces a significant penalty for several violations of both federal and state Clean Air regulations, says the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
A recent EPA complaint alleges that Senesco violated federal air quality requirements outlined in the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) specifically for Ship Building and Repair Facilities, by failing to submit notifications and reports, by failing to keep records, and by using paints with hazardous air pollutant contents greater than the allowable limits.
EPA also alleges that Senesco violated "Title V" Operating Permit requirements under the federal Clean Air Act, by failing to apply for a Title V permit despite having potential xylene emissions greater than 10 tons per year.
Finally, EPA alleges that Senesco failed to comply with Rhode Island's "State Implementation Plan" for air quality by failing to apply for a new source review permit before commencing construction of its facility.
EPA has proposed a fine of $378,700 for the violations.
Since EPA brought the violations to its attention, says the agency, Senesco has obtained the new source review permit from R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management and has submitted a Title V application.
You can access the Shipbuilding and repair NESHAP requirements HERE