PHILADELPHIA (CN) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency properly held a fabric-finishing company to national emissions standards, the 3rd Circuit ruled.
TSG Inc., a fabric coater with facilities in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, treats fabrics to make them more resistant to water, fire and stains.
TSG had argued that it should not be required to meet the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. It claimed the EPA erroneously considered the processes used by larger fabric mills.
Specifically, TSG claimed the solvent it uses is not applied to the fabric because it later evaporates.
Despite that difference, Judge Fisher ruled that the EPA’s ruling should stand.
“The EPA has not clearly erred in declining to construe the term ‘applied’ so narrowly in this context,” Fisher ruled.