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Providence, RI, Company Agrees to Pay $5,000 to Settle Clean Air Act Violations

Release Date: 07/28/04
Contact Information: Contact: Peyton Fleming, EPA Press Office (617-918-1008)

For Immediate Release: July 28, 2004 Release # 04-07-30

BOSTON – The US Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Victory Finish Technologies, a metal finishing company in Providence, RI, has agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty to settle claims by the EPA of violations of the Clean Air Act.

According to the settlement, from 1998 to 2002 Victory failed to conduct monitoring, maintain records, or submit reports at its plating and coating facility. These actions are required by Victory's Title V Clean Air Act permit.

EPA agreed to settle the action for a reduced penalty amount because of Victory’s poor financial condition. (Since 2000, Victory has been in receivership – a Rhode Island form of bankruptcy.) Victory has already paid the $5,000 penalty. Under the settlement, Victory will also conduct an independent Clean Air Act compliance audit within six months.

“Poor monitoring and record-keeping meant that Victory was unable to determine its air pollutant emissions or whether pollution control equipment was working properly,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England office. "This could have caused excess air emissions at Victory’s plant.”

This case stems from a 2002 investigation of Victory by the RI Department of Environmental Management. The state requested that EPA step in with follow up enforcement action. The state and EPA jointly inspected the facility in March 2003.

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