Energy Environment  
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EPA, Pilkington Enter Another  
Agreement Regarding Illinois Site  
ilkington North America and the bey-Owens-Ford, which used arsenic then agreed to address the groundwa-  
U.S. Environmental Protection in its glass manufacturing from the ter south of the Illinois River.  
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Agency (EPA) continue to re- early 1900s to about 1970. Pilkington  
Pilkington completed its remedial  
solve any potential environmental haz- acquired the plant in 1986 and became investigation of that area in August  
ards stemming from past operations liable for any environmental hazards at 2008 and a feasibility study in June  
at an Illinois plant before Pilkington the site.  
2009, per agreements with the EPA.  
purchased it, according to court doc- According to information published In February 2012, EPA and Pilkington  
uments. The EPA and Pilkington have by the EPA in March 2015, Pilking- agreed on a settlement and an order  
been working together since 2001 to ton “safely and successfully cleaned on consent for remedial design, which  
address the concerns.  
up two highly-impacted residential required Pilkington “to produce a de-  
In 2001, Pilkington agreed to con- lots in 2004 and cleaned the interiors tailed set of plans and specifications for  
duct a remedial investigation regard- of these same homes shortly thereaf- implementation” of remedial action.  
ing the alleged release of hazardous ter.” In 2008, the company “safely and  
In late May, the sides entered into a  
substances at its Ottawa township successfully removed additional soil consent decree to resolve a correspond-  
flat glass facility in LaSalle County, from the residential areas to bring ing complaint filed by the U.S. which  
Ill., that may have resulted in harm down composite arsenic levels to be seeks reimbursement of costs incurred  
to natural resources. The study didn’t consistent with those found on the rest by the EPA and the Department of Jus-  
involve Pilkington’s plant operations, of the lots in Naplate.” This absolved tice (DOJ) for “response actions” at the  
but those under previous owner Lib- the issues in those areas, and the sides site,accrued interest and“performance  
of response actions by Pilkington con-  
sistent with a contingency plan the  
parties established.”  
In the consent decree, Pilkington  
notes it “does not admit any liability  
NFRC Approves  
to Plaintiff arising out of the trans-  
actions or occurrences alleged in the  
Complaint, nor does [Pilkington] ac-  
knowledge that the release or threat-  
ened release of hazardous substances  
at or from the site constitutes an im-  
minent and substantial endangerment  
to the public health or welfare or the  
environment.”  
The EPA says it believes the con-  
tingency plan will be “properly and  
promptly conducted by [Pilkington].”  
According to court documents, the  
consent decree “has been negotiated  
by the parties in good faith and imple-  
mentation of this Decree will expedite  
the cleanup of the site and will avoid  
prolonged and complicated litigation  
between the parties, and that this de-  
cree is fair, reasonable, and in the pub-  
lic interest.” n  
Ventilation Rating  
he National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Ventilation Rating  
Task Group, led by chair Ray Garries, developed a new ventilation rating  
after several years of work.  
Titled “NFRC 401: Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product Ventila-  
tion Rating,” the final document was approved by NFRC members at its spring  
016 committee meeting in Alexandria, Va.  
This optional rating standardizes the methods to measure the ventilation  
area of operable fenestration products and delivers a rating based on the ratio  
of frame area to ventilation area,” says Garries.  
Full implementation of the new rating requires additional work by the NFRC  
staff and board of directors. “Now that the procedure for the rating has been  
accepted by membership, the changes required to accommodate it in the  
NFRC Certified Products Directory (CPD) must be weighed, accounted for, ap-  
proved and then completed in the CPD software,” according to a release from  
NFRC.  
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The procedure and implementation of the ventilation rating is expected to  
be released in early 2017.  
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