Department of Ecology News Release - August 19, 2014

Agreement aims to reduce air pollution from transportation
Moses Lake company settles air quality violations

SPOKANE – SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC will invest $125,000 for an electric vehicle charging station near Moses Lake to help reduce air pollution from motor vehicles.

This environmental project, which will benefit air quality, is part of an agreement between SGL and Ecology that settles past air quality violations.

“We are looking toward the future,” said Ecology Director Maia Bellon. “We support the direct investment SGL is making for the environment with this fast charging station. Encouraging and improving fuel efficient travel will benefit air quality for years to come.”

The charging station will be compatible with the Washington State Department of Transportation’s fast charging network, the West Coast Electric Highway, which locates charging stations every 25 to 50 miles along Interstate 5 and other major roadways. An electric vehicle fast charging station in Moses Lake will provide a critical link in the state’s development of an east-west charging network.

“As a corporate citizen of Moses Lake we are happy to support the fast charging network along Interstate 90 with a charging station in our city,” said SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers Vice President of Operations Steve Swanson.

Ecology allows these types of projects that provide direct benefit to the environment as a settlement alternative for violations that include monetary penalties. If SGL is unable to secure a contractor or location for the project, the $125,000 becomes payable to the state Air Pollution Control Account.

In 2012 and 2013, SGL violated permit requirements when equipment failed on two manufacturing lines, and an unpermitted bypass vent was used to release uncontrolled emissions into the air.

Ecology issued a new permit to add two production lines and address the bypass vent. The permit also required SGL to make a significant investment in additional air pollution control equipment to ensure the facility meets state and federal clean air requirements.

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Contact:

Brook Beeler, Washington Department of Ecology, 509-329-3478, and @ecyspokane