EPA continues multimillion-dollar crackdown on glass manufacturing

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      Paul Conner

      Paul Conner is Deputy Editor with The Daily Caller. Previously, he was a contributing writer for four years with The Greenville News covering high school sports in Upstate South Carolina. A Palmetto State native, he is a graduate of North Greenville University.

Glass makers melt recycled glass, limestone, soda ash and other ingredients in furnaces to create a liquid glass mixture that is poured into molds. That melting process releases some pollutants like nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter.

The equipment that Owens-Brockway agreed to install is projected to reduce pollutants by 2,500 tons per year.

Unrelated to the furnaces, the EPA tacked on an additional $200,000 fine to pay for new natural gas, propane and hybrid vehicles at the company’s Atlanta plant.

The stock of O-I, whose net sales totaled $1.747 billion in the third quarter of 2012, fell more than 3.25 percent Monday.

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