The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has issued a Notice of Administrative Penalty Assessment and Secretary’s Order to The H&K Group and River Asphalt LLC in Delmar for violations of its air permit and federal and state air quality regulations.
The order calls for a cash penalty of $13,680 and an additional $2,052 as cost recovery reimbursement to DNREC for expenses associated with the department’s investigation.
The H&K Group owns and operates several facilities located in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey that provide construction materials, landscaping materials, recycling services as well as contracting and demolition services. One of The H&K Group’s companies is River Asphalt LLC, which operates a 300-ton per hour hot mix asphalt plant located at 36393 Sussex Highway in Delmar.
The Secretary’s Order addresses air quality violations that occurred at the Delmar facility during stack testing conducted in November 2011. The stack test results showed particulate matter emissions exceeded federal and state air regulations as well as the facility’s permit. River Asphalt LLC has since performed maintenance activities and conducted stack tests again in March 2012 and was able to demonstrate compliance. Each violation is cited in the penalty order, which can be viewed at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/info/pages/secorders_enforcement.aspx.
The H&K Group and River Asphalt LLC has 30 days to request a public hearing.