against Solite, Incorporated may be forthcoming
September 13, 1999
The North Carolina Division of Waste management
confirmed today that enforcement actions against
Solite, Incorporated may be pending.
On March 18, 1999, the State lead a Compliance
Evaluation Inspection (CEI) with EPA oversight to
evaluate the facility's compliance with the
applicable Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
(RCRA) regulations. The report generated
from this inspection clearly documented two
violations and one area of concern. Kiln #6
was burning hazardous waste. While
inspecting the hot end of kiln #6, the NCDENR
inspector observed an emission leak coming from
the hood seal. The hazardous waste feed
lines valve and flanges feeding kiln #6 did not
have identification tags.
Again, on April 27, 1999, fugitive emissions were
observed by a state inspector from kiln #8 during
the Certification of Compliance test burn.
The inspector noticed fugitive emissions around
the front seal of #8 kiln while burning hazardous
waste. One must question what happens when
inspectors are not on site.
Solite has been plagued by fugitive emission
problems throughout their operating
history. With the clear-cut evidence of
present contamination of the air, soil and water
it is criminal for the EPA or the State to allow
the continued operation of Solite, Inc.
Solite is a public health threat not only to
citizens in Anson, Stanly and Union counties but
the entire state.
Citizens must demand that Solite's permit to burn
hazardous waste for fuel be terminated.
Until this happens, citizens cannot believe that
either Governor Hunt or Bill Holman, Secretary,
NC Department of Environment and Natural
Resources, are sincere in protecting and
improving the air quality of North Carolina.
Solite can burn natural gas to make their
product. This action would preserve jobs,
improve worker safety and eliminate toxic air
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
Rt. 2, Box 286
Wadesboro, NC 28170