Industrial Laundry Shut Down for Air Pollution

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 9, 2004
For two years, air pollution regulators had urged the Arden Way company, operating as Textek and New Blends, to cut its smog output. The company washes and dries ink-soaked towels used in the printing industry. Inks contain volatile organic compounds that get released into the air when the towels are washed and dried.The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management district ordered the company to add emissions control equipment. That would have reduced its smog from eighteen tons to four tons per quarter, the district says. The federal limit is twenty five tons per year. But when the company couldn't afford to add the equipment, it was ordered to shut down. For the Business Journal, this is Mark Larson