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Commissioners up fines for air-quality violations

It just got more expensive to violate Mecklenburg County’s air-quality laws.

On Tuesday, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners approved revisions to its air-quality ordinance, raising the maximum penalty for a violation from $10,000 per day to $25,000 per day, a measure that Bill Gupton, chairman of the Central Piedmont Sierra Club, lauded, saying it would “put a great demand upon any operator to consider their procedures and format.”

The ordinance now also requires that all medical-waste incinerators be brought into compliance with revised Environmental Protection Agency ordinances by Oct. 6, 2012, and imposes rules regulating emissions standards, testing, monitoring, record-keeping and reporting requirements for Class I municipal waste incinerators.

Caitlin Coakley can be reached at caitlin.coakley@mecktimes.com.

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