ATHENS — An Athens wood pellet mill has been ordered to pay $31,220 for violations of its air emission license.

Maine Woods Pellet Co., LLC was fined in administrative consent agreements approved by the state Board of Environmental Protection and the Office of the Attorney General.

The company will make monthly payments on the fine, according to the Department of Environmental Protection’s monthly enforcement report for March.

The company violated provisions of its air emission license issued by the state DEP by failing to operate air pollution systems properly, according to the report.

“Maine Woods continued to operate the facility without replacing bags in the baghouse that were destroyed in a fire and operated the facility without a working wet scrubber,” according to the report.

A wet scrubber is used to clean air, flue gas or other gases of various pollutants and dust particles.

“In addition, Maine Woods failed to keep maintenance logs for the baghouse, failed to notify the department of the baghouse fire or wet-scrubber breakdown, as required by the facility’s license,” the report states. “(It) failed to maintain a log of operating hours, exceeded the facility’s license limit for propane use, and failed to establish compliance with the facility’s license limit for particulate matter within the time prescribed by the license.”


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