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Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 2:24pm

Athens Factory Seeks Permission to Increase Pollution

An Athens factory wants to increase its air pollution and the insulation manufacturer is asking the state for permission to do so.

The Certainteed Corporation wants to raise some pollution counts, while reducing others. It would increase emission of volatile organic compounds, or V-O-C’s, by about 25 tons a year. These compounds have often been associated with contamination of drinking water supplies.

However, Certainteed would also decrease its particle pollution by 36 tons a year. These particles are small droplets of a variety of chemicals. The changes would come from manufacturing more fiberglass products, while stopping another product line.

Nearby Athens residents have tried for years to get a reduction in the facility’s air pollution. The Environmental Protection Division has to approve the change.