Volume 39, Issue 10, October 2004


Bassett Mirror Company Settles Alleged 
Hazardous Waste Violations

Bassett Mirror Co. Inc. has agreed to pay a $133,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its two plants in Bassett, Va. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had cited the company for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. 

The alleged violations involved the improper storage of hazardous wastes, including flammable, corrosive and lead wastes generated during the facilities’ manufacture of glass products, metal and wooden furniture. In addition, EPA and VaDEQ inspections in April and July of 2003 revealed the company’s failure to have an appropriate hazardous waste emergency plan, failure to submit biennial hazardous waste management reports and failure to provide required employee training on hazardous waste management.

As part of the settlement, the company has neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but has certified its current compliance with applicable hazardous waste requirements. The EPA said Bassett Mirror cooperated in the investigation and resolution of the alleged violations.

Vos Glass Recognized with Historic Preservation Award
Vos Glass Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., has been selected as a recipient of the Grand Rapids’ 10th Annual Historic Preservation Awards in the outstanding commercial project category. American Seating Co., Pioneer Construction and Winklemann Architects were also recognized for their involvement in the restoration project located at 801 Broadway Ave. NW, Local Landmark (American Seating Park). 

The awards were presented as part of the annual National Historic Preservation Week, which honors outstanding historic preservation projects in Grand Rapids.

Coastal’s Paragon™ Enclosure Featured on Bob Vila’s Home Again
The Paragon 3/8-inch bypass shower enclosure from Coastal Industries in Jacksonville, Fla., will be featured in a project on an upcoming episode of Bob Vila’s Home Again. The Miami condominium project includes a contemporary bath that features the Paragon frameless with clear glass in the brite silver finish.

“The quality and style of the Paragon shower door by Coastal was perfect for this bathroom design,” said Michael Pierce of Pierce Allen, New York, New York, architect for the project. Pierce said the enclosure was the best fit for the project’s “South Beach design.”

The shower enclosure features 3/8-inch tempered glass panels. 


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