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Merrimack N.H. Company Will Help Clean Wood Stoves in Southern N.H.; Total Penalty of $101K for Clean Air Violations

Release Date: 12/13/2012
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Dec. 13, 2012) – A specialty coated products manufacturer has agreed to pay a penalty of $20,200 and to spend $80,800 to replace old, polluting wood stoves in southern New Hampshire with new, cleaner models to settle EPA claims that it violated the federal Clean Air Act.

Nashua Corporation has agreed to help homeowners replace their wood stoves with EPA-certified wood stoves or other cleaner, more efficient home heating equipment such as gas or propane heaters. The woodstove change-out program is being managed by American Lung Association of the Northeast. Nashua will provide a voucher—typically for $1,000 per household—as an incentive to replace pre-1988 woodstoves. Pre-1988 woodstoves are a significant source of indoor and outdoor air pollution. A new wood stove installation costs about $3,000.

“The Merrimack area will benefit from this wood stove change-out project,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England regional office. “Homeowners will get help with buying new wood stoves, which will burn cleaner and more efficiently. This project will create green jobs, reduce fuel consumption, and improve air quality in communities by reducing the harmful pollutants that come from wood smoke.”

Nashua is a manufacturer of specialty coated products for printing, labeling and ticketing applications and is a manufacturer of unique coatings for paper and film based products. EPA conducted a Clean Air compliance inspection of Nashua in May 2010. EPA determined that Nashua was subject to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing. Nashua had failed to comply with the notification and reporting provisions of the regulation. Nashua has since submitted the required notifications and reports to EPA and paid the penalty.

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