R.I. Shipyard Faces Penalties for EPA Violations

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A shipyard in Providence, R.I., Promet Marine Services Corp., faces significant penalties for violating federal clean air and clean water laws.

EPA has filed a complaint stating that Promet violated federal laws by discharging polluted water into the Providence River and by not getting the required air and water permits for its pressure washing, painting and related operations.

Promet, which works on commercial, Coast Guard, military, and other marine vessels, is located in an area that fails to meet federal air quality standards for ozone and yet failed to comply with the Rhode Island “State Implementation Plan” for improving air quality. According to EPA, Promet was required to get a permit before it began to build or modify its facility at 242 Allens Ave.

Promet also failed to apply for an operating permit required under the Clean Air Act, and violated federal air quality requirements outlined in the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Ship Building and Repair facilities. The Shipbuilding NESHAP requires the company to follow certain notification and recordkeeping rules and to use only marine coatings that contain volatile organic hazardous air pollutants below specified limits.

EPA New England inspected Promet’s facility in 2007 and 2008. In June 2008, EPA issued a “notice of violation” and an administrative order to the company that cited substantially the same air violations as are alleged in EPA’s complaint issued this month. The order required Promet to comply with the law within 120 days.

According to EPA, Promet did not come into compliance until November 2009 and, although the company has applied to the R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management for its required air permits, those permits have not yet been issued.

Promet’s violations of the Clean Water Act involved pressure washing vessel hulls outdoors. Before July 2008, process waste waters from these activities discharged to the Providence River without a permit, in violation of the requirements of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System regulations. After July 2008, Promet installed a waste water recycling system intended to eliminate the discharge and put the company in compliance with the Clean Water Act.

By pressure washing, Promet discharged pollutants, including copper, lead, zinc and solids that impair water quality and can harm human health and the environment.

Many of the coatings used by Promet contained hazardous air pollutants and volatile organic compounds. Exposure to HAPs and VOCs can cause health problems, and VOCs contribute to ground-level ozone formation, which is a primary constituent of “smog.”

In its complaint, EPA New England is asking for penalties up to the maximum allowed under each statute.
 

Maritime Reporter July 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

China Appeals WTO Ruling on US Solar Panel Dispute

China has appealed against a WTO dispute panel report on anti-dumping duties applied on certain Chinese products by the United States, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Friday.

Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in

WTO Rules Against Argentina Licensing Rules in Row with US, EU, Japan

A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel ruled against Argentina on Friday in a 2012 case brought by the United States, European Union, and Japan against

Shipbuilding

Bureau Veritas to Class, Certify FPSOs for Saipem

Bureau Veritas has been awarded a contract by Saipem to provide classification and certification services for the two Kaombo FPSOs for service off Angola. The

German Shipyard FSG Re-organizes Top Management

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) says it will be headed by a new management team from January 1st 2015, details as follows: Current Chief Technology

Bid to Rescue Clyde Shipbuilder Ferguson

Jim McColl, one of Scotland's richest men, has tabled a bid to rescue collapsed Clyde shipbuilder Ferguson and aims to return the yard to its former glory by creating hundreds of jobs,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1698 sec (6 req/sec)