- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Media Contact for MassDEP Assesses $17,204 Penalty to Precision Coating for Odor and Air Emission Violations at its Plant in Hudson
Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today announced it has assessed a $17,204 penalty to Precision Coating Co., Inc. for violating the Massachusetts Air Pollution Control regulations at its facility located at 51 Parmenter Road in Hudson.
During multiple site visits in 2018 and 2019 to the company's facility that spray-coats medical and industrial devices, MassDEP personnel confirmed neighbors' complaints of odors from the facility. During the MassDEP visits, agency personnel also observed visible stack emissions in excess of the MassDEP-issued air quality permit. The company is now investigating new air quality control techniques to reduce odors and particulate matter emissions.
Under a recently finalized consent order, Precision Coating will pay a $17,204 penalty, and the company will install a large activated-carbon control device and new spray booth exhaust filters to minimize the odors and particulate emissions to return to compliance with its air permit.
"Companies that discharge pollutants into the air must ensure that they are complying with their air quality permits to control odors that can affect local residents," said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office in Worcester. "Odors and visible emissions are clear indicators that a company's air pollution control systems are not functioning properly."