Energy Environment  
&
EPA, Pilkington Enter Agreement  
Regarding Illinois Site Clean-Up  
ilkington North America and early 1900s to about 1970. Pilking- investigation of that area in August  
the U.S. Environmental Protec- ton acquired the plant in 1986 and 2008 and a feasibility study in June  
tion Agency (EPA) continue to became liable for any environmental 2009, per agreements with the EPA.  
resolve any potential environmental hazards at the site. In February 2012, EPA and Pilkington  
hazards stemming from past opera- According to information published agreed on a settlement and an order  
tions at an Illinois plant before Pilk- by the EPA in March 2015, Pilking- on consent for remedial design, which  
ington purchased it, according to ton “safely and successfully cleaned required Pilkington “to produce a  
court documents. The EPA and Pilk- up two highly-impacted residential detailed set of plans and specifica-  
ington have been working together lots in 2004 and cleaned the interiors tions for implementation” of remedial  
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since 2001 to address the concerns.  
In 2001, Pilkington agreed to con- ter.” In 2008, the company “safely and  
of these same homes shortly thereaf- action.  
In late May, the sides entered into  
duct a remedial investigation regard- successfully removed additional soil a consent decree to resolve a corre-  
ing the alleged release of hazardous from the residential areas to bring sponding complaint filed by the U.S.  
substances at its Ottawa township down composite arsenic levels to be which seeks reimbursement of costs  
flat glass facility in LaSalle County, consistent with those found on the incurred by the EPA and the Depart-  
Ill., that may have resulted in harm rest of the lots in Naplate.” This ab- ment of Justice (DOJ) for “response  
to natural resources. The study didn’t solved the issues in those areas, and actions” at the site, accrued interest  
involve Pilkington’s plant operations, the sides then agreed to address the and“performance of response actions  
but those under previous owner Lib- groundwater south of the Illinois by Pilkington consistent with a con-  
bey-Owens-Ford, which used arsenic River.  
in its glass manufacturing from the Pilkington completed its remedial  
tingency plan the parties established.”  
In the consent decree, Pilkington  
notes it “does not admit any liability  
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 endanger-  
ment 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.”  
NFRC Approves  
Ventilation Rating  
he National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) Ventilation Rating  
Task Group has developed a new ventilation rating after several years  
of work.  
Titled “NFRC 401: Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product Ven-  
tilation Rating,” the final document was approved by NFRC members at its  
spring 2016 committee meeting in Alexandria, Va. The group is led by chair  
Ray Garries.  
T
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, approved  
and then completed in the CPD software,” according to a release from NFRC.  
The procedure and implementation of the ventilation rating is expected to  
be released in early 2017.  
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Vetrotech Publishes Fire-Rated HPD  
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a Health Product Declaration (HPD) for its Ker-  
V
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tant glazing products for 20 to 180 minutes fire-rated  
applications.  
The new HPD is compliant with the HPD Standard v2.0,  
through which manufacturers systematically disclose product  
ingredients, making it the first fire-rated glass HPD under the  
new version, according to the company. The distribution of the  
HPD provides architects, commercial real estate developers,  
construction site owners, general contractors, glaziers and  
other specifiers with full disclosure of ecological transparency  
in terms of product ingredients.  
Vetrotech partnered with Sustainable Solutions Corp., an  
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