The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 19, 2012

EBV pays nearly $600,000 penalty for emissions violations at plant near Carthage

By Susan Redden
sredden@joplinglobe.com

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A munitions demolition plant near Carthage has agreed to pay a federal penalty of nearly $600,000 to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

Those allegations against EBV Explosives Environmental Co. include operating a thermal treatment unit without obtaining a valid permit, exceeding permitted emission limits for dioxins, hydrogen chloride, chlorine gas and particulate matter, and failure to operate monitors used to verify compliance with the permit.

The agreement with the company, which operates its plant on County Road 180 southwest of Carthage was announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency.

EBV in February 2011 notified the EPA that stack tests conducted in October 2010 showed hydrogen chloride emission rates at the plant were above permitted levels.

A consent order reached in January 2012 required EBV to install equipment to reduce the plant’s hydrogen chloride emissions below permitted levels, which has reduced hydrogen chloride and chlorine gas emissions by 200,000 pounds per year, according to the EPA statement.