Perham painting and coating company to correct air pollution violations

Contact: Dan Olson, 218-846-8108

Industrial Finishing Services has agreed to correct excessive air pollution emissions at its painting and coating facility in Perham.

During a review of the company’s records in 2016, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff discovered that emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) exceeded permitted limits during periods in 2014 and 2015. They also discovered reporting issues related to the annual report the company submits to the MPCA.

VOCs are released through the production and use of many everyday products and materials. VOCs can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, and nausea, as well as risks of more serious and lasting health effects. Most health impacts are associated with indoor VOCs from product use, but outdoor VOC emissions from industry can also have negative health effects and can lead to the creation of smog.

During the 2016 inspection, MPCA staff also learned the company had not included fine particle emission information in its annual reports for 2014 and 2015 and that the annual report for 2015 was submitted late. In addition, the inspectors found the company failed to follow specific actions associated with the paving of a gravel road to reduce dust emissions.

Industrial Finishing Services will be required to pay a $35,000 penalty, as well as taking steps to prevent future problems. New pollution control equipment installed at the site has greatly reduced the amount of VOC emissions from the facility.