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Jeld-Wen Settles With Gov For Clean Air Violations
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Jeld-Wen agrees to $850,000 fine for clean air violation

By Matt Kish, Business Journal staff writer

SOURCE: Sustainable Business Oregon 

Jeld-Wen Inc., Oregon’s largest private company, has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle allegations that it violated the federal Clean Air Act at facilities in four states.

The $850,000 payment will be split between the U.S. Department of Justice ($531,250), the state of West Virginia ($106,250), the state of Iowa ($106,250) and the state of North Carolina ($106,250).

The federal government alleged that Jeld-Wen, one of the world’s largest makers of doors and windows, violated the Clean Air Act by failing to install pollution controls in a “timely manner” at plants in Washington, West Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina.

Jeld-Wen spokeswoman Teri Cline said the company has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in order to find a solution that would meet federal emissions standards but not result in the emission of more greenhouse gasses.

She said complying with existing federal standards would result in the installation of energy-intensive and greenhouse-gas-emitting equipment at its plants.

The consent decree that Jeld-Wen signed gives it time to develop a solution that satisfies environmental regulators and avoids the generation of additional greenhouse gasses.

“We continue to believe that our significant investment in prevention is the right way to solve these compliance challenges and that we should not be penalized for pursuing an environmentally preferable path,” the company said in a statement.

“The EPA and many members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have been very supportive of Jeld-Wen’s efforts and applaud the company’s significant investments in this matter,” the company said.

The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon in April. The parties entered the consent decree in August.

Last month the Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp. announced it would buy a 58 percent ownership stake in Jeld-Wen for $864 million.

Jeld-Wen had more than $3 billion in 2010 revenue, making it larger than every company in the state exceptNike Inc. and Precision Castparts Corp. , two Portland-area public companies in the Fortune 500. Jeld-Wen employs 2,500 in Oregon and 20,000 globally.

Jeld-Wen was recognized with Sustainable Business Oregon’s Innovation in Sustainability award in November of last year for the company’s green products.

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