EPA investigating Bombardier boat plant

BENTON, Ill. – An Illinois Bombardier Recreational Products boat building facility has been cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly violating clean air standards, according to a story in the Southern Illinoisan newspaper Friday.

The clean air standards involved regulate the amount of volatile organic compounds that can be emitted from fiberglass boat manufacturing plants. In addition, Bombardier was cited for failing to notify the state of the excessive emissions, the newspaper reported.

“We’ve been in communication with the EPA and we’re looking into the situation. As always, we will do everything necessary to ensure the safety of our employees and the community,” said Dave Thompson, director of public relations for BRP, in an interview today. “A safe environment is of the utmost importance to Bombardier Recreational Products. We take issues surrounding air quality very seriously.”

Thompson added that Bombardier will communicate a plan for addressing the situation moving forward.

Bombardier has 30 days to meet with EPA officials to discuss the allegations and also prepare a plan to resolve the problem, according to the newspaper.

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