DEP Fines Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. for Air Quality Violations

WILLIAMSPORT – The Department of Environmental Protection has imposed a $9,800 fine against Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of Bellefonte, Centre County, for air quality violations at asphalt concrete plants it owns in Spring Township, Centre County, and Mill Hall Borough, Clinton County.

“Hawbaker needed to improve its ability to control dust emissions and adopt better administrative procedures,” DEP Northcentral Regional Director Robert Yowell said. “The company has done that, and all violations have been corrected.”

DEP inspections conducted in 2005 and this year found multiple violations of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and air quality regulations at Hawbaker’s Pleasant Gap Plant No. 1 and No. 2.

The violations included excessive dust emissions from a conveyor and unpaved haul roads; excessive dirt drag-out onto state Route 64; failure to analyze recycled oil samples in a timely manner; and failure to submit an air quality plan approval extension in a timely manner.

The only violation documented at the Mill Hall plant earlier this year was Hawbaker’s failure to submit a fuel certification report in a timely manner.

The fine was paid to the Clean Air Fund, which finances air quality improvement projects throughout the commonwealth.

For more information on air quality regulations, visit DEP’s Web site at www.depweb.state.pa.us, Keyword “Air Quality.”

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