Settlement Reached to Resolve Alleged Clean Air Act Violations


Civil penalty of $775,000 + SEP

Coke Byproduct Recovery Plant Located at the

ABC Coke Facility in Tarrant, Alabama

February 8, 2019) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Jefferson County Board of Health (JCBH) announced a settlement agreement with Drummond Company (Drummond) that will resolve allegations that Drummond violated the Clean Air Act at the coke byproduct recovery plant located at its ABC Coke facility in Tarrant, Ala.

The settlement is contained in a Consent Decree that is being lodged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama concurrently with a Complaint which alleges that Drummond violated regulatory requirements known as National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs),including 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart L (Benzene Emissions from Coke By-product Recovery Plants), Subpart V (Equipment Leaks and Fugitive Emissions), and Subpart FF (Benzene Waste Operations).

"It is very important that facilities carefully follow Clean Air requirements to ensure that people in the surrounding communities are able to enjoy healthy air quality," said EPA Acting Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker. “Today’s agreement demonstrates EPA’s dedication to working with our state and local partners to pursue violations of laws that are critical to protecting public health and bring companies into compliance.”

Drummond also will pay a civil penalty of $775,000 and conduct a Supplemental Environmental Project that will require the use of an optical gas thermal imaging camera during four semi-annual monitoring events that will help detect leaks from equipment, piping, pumps, tanks and valves at the byproducts plant and confirm that corrective actions implemented by Drummond prior to and after entry of the Consent Decree are effective at reducing and eliminating leaks.