More Problems for Hillcrest Industries

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 7:58 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Ed Reilly

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 7:58 PM EDT

ATTICA, NY (WKBW-TV) - Hillcrest Industries is already under fire for causing a terrible smell that has plagued Village of Attica residents for several months.

The smell is coming from a 40-foot high pile of burning glass, plastic, and other recycled materials.

The EPA is now overseeing an effort to put out the fire after government air testing revealed chemicals, like Benzene and Toluene, were being released into the air.

Hillcrest produces reflective glass beads that are used in road markings.

The company also manufactures grit for sandblasting.

Now there is more problems for the company.

The State DEC has found that particle emissions from the facility exceeded limits set in the Environmental Conservation Law.

Hillcrest was ordered to make repairs to its air pollution control equipment, but inspectors found those repairs were insufficient.

Hillcrest has now been ordered to shut down glass bead furnaces, the grit dryer, and grit grinders.

The DEC warns that continued operation of that equipment without the required repairs, and proper inspections, will result in an increased financial penalty.

Hillcrest is already facing unspecified fines because of the smoldering fire in the material pile.

The EPA says work on putting out that fire is about 1/3 done, and for the future, Hillcrest will be restricted to piles no larger that 20 feet.

The company will also be required to install monitoring wells with temperature probes, to make sure the stockpile of recycled materials does not start to heat up again.

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