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News Release

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2011

Assistant Attorney General Evan J. Mulholland
(603) 271-3679

Defendant Agrees to $33,000 Penalty for Violations of Federal and State Air Pollution Laws
The Woodworks Architectural Millworks, Inc. to Pay $33,000 Environmental Penalty

NH Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Thomas S. Burack, of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ("DES"), announce that the Rockingham County Superior Court, (McHugh J.) has approved a settlement between the State and The Woodworks Architectural Millworks, Inc. ("Woodworks") located in Londonderry, New Hampshire, to resolve a civil enforcement action involving violations of state and federal air pollution laws and regulations.

In its lawsuit, the State alleged that Woodworks failed to obtain the required air pollution control permits prior to expanding its wood coating operation at its facility at 9 Delta Drive in Londonderry. In addition, Woodworks failed to submit the required emission reports and failed to conduct a Regulated Toxic Air Pollutant (RTAP) compliance demonstration with regard to the hazardous air pollutant Xylene.

Woodworks has since applied for and obtained all necessary air pollution control permits, has demonstrated compliance with both state and federal hazardous air pollutant standards, and continues to submit its required emission reports and annual fees.

The settlement imposes a $33,000 civil penalty on Woodworks, $15,000 of which will be paid to the State within thirty days, $9,000 within 90 days and the remaining $9,000 within 120 days.

"Keeping New Hampshire's air quality high is an important part of our environmental protection efforts," said Attorney General Delaney. "The State's environmental laws must be followed."

"It is critically important for businesses to stay in compliance with all applicable environmental rules. I am pleased by the efforts and cooperation shown by Woodworks to resolve this situation in a timely manner," said Commissioner Burack.

Copies of the settlement agreements are available upon request.

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