News Release 501

Department accepts public comments on proposed air permit for EFCO -- A Pella Company

Volume 37-501 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 28, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites the public to review and comment on a proposed air pollution construction permit for EFCO - A Pella Company in Barry County. The department will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Monett Chamber of Commerce, 200 E. Broadway St. in Monett.

The department will accept comments on a permit modification to EFCO's operation including installation of a regenerative thermal oxidizer, or RTO, on all existing paint line spray booths and ovens and enclosure of each flash-off area between spray booths and the curing oven to capture all Volatile Organic Compound or VOC emissions from the painting operation. VOCs contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, a lung irritant and pollutant of concern in Missouri.

This permit is being issued in accordance with the Settlement Agreement between the Missouri Attorney General's Office, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and EFCO Corporation that was finalized on April 5. In addition, EFCO is planning to install a manual, off-line spray booth and cure oven for rework and small parts painting which will also be controlled by the RTO.

Those interested in speaking at the public hearing must request to speak in advance of the hearing. If the department does not receive requests to speak at the public hearing by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the department will cancel the hearing. The public may also submit written comments to the department regarding any relevant information, materials and views in support of or in opposition to the proposed amendment.

Both requests to speak at the hearing and written comments should be sent to James L. Kavanaugh, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or by fax to 573-751-2706. Comments may also be sent electronically by email to apcppermitspn@dnr.mo.gov. All written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17. Written comments and oral public hearing testimony are treated with equal consideration.

The department has reviewed the construction air permit application, also known as a Prevention of Significant Deterioration application, from EFCO - A Pella Company. The department's preliminary determination is to approve the application with conditions. A copy of the application, the preliminary determination and other related materials are available for public review at the following locations:

A copy of the preliminary determination is also available for public review on the department's website at dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/PermitPublicNotices.htm. For more information concerning the hearing, please call the department's Air Pollution Control Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-4817.

People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the hearing can make arrangements by calling 800-361-4827 or 573-751-4817. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966.

For news releases on the Web, visit dnr.mo.gov/newsrel. For a complete listing of the Department's upcoming meetings, hearings and events, visit the Department's online calendar at dnr.mo.gov/calendar/search.do.

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