Jeld-Wen agrees to $850,000 fine for clean air violation
By Matt Kish
Business Journal staff writer
Jeld-Wen Inc., known for its windows and doors, has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act at facilities in four states.
Jeld-Wen Inc., Oregon’s largest private company, has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act at facilities in four states.
The $850,000 payment will be split between the U.S. Department of Justice ($531,250), the state of West Virginia ($106,250), the state of Iowa ($106,250) and the state of North Carolina ($106,250).
The federal government alleged that Jeld-Wen, one of the world's largest makers of doors and windows, violated the Clean Air Act by failing to install pollution controls in a “timely manner” at plants in Washington, West Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina.
Jeld-Wen spokeswoman Teri Cline said the company has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in order to find a solution that would meet federal emissions standards but not result in the emission of more greenhouse gasses.
She said complying with existing federal standards would result in the installation of energy-intensive and greenhouse-gas-emitting equipment at its plants.
The consent decree that Jeld-Wen signed gives it time to develop a solution that satisfies environmental regulators and avoids the generation of additional greenhouse gasses.
"We continue to believe that our significant investment in prevention is the right way to solve these compliance challenges and that we should not be penalized for pursuing an environmentally preferable path," the company said in a statement.
"The EPA and many members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have been very supportive of Jeld-Wen's efforts and applaud the company's significant investments in this matter," the company said.
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