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Phoenix color fined for permit violations

April 29, 1999

Phoenix Color Corp. has paid a $39,000 fine to the Maryland Department of the Environment for permit violations and other infractions at its Washington County printing plant.

The company concedes that three of its book-binding presses violated state requirements regarding alcohol and temperature limits, said Gregory White, vice president of engineering.

However, he questioned the state's allegation that in January 1998 the company installed and was operating eight printing presses without the proper permit. He blamed the confusion on a change in the way the state agency processes its paperwork.

Rather than fighting that allegation at a hearing, the company agreed to pay the penalty, he said.

"There was no reason to ruffle the feathers," he said.

A department inspector cited the violations following a June 29, 1998, visit to the plant at 101 Tandy Drive, wrote Merrylin Zaw-Mon, director of the Air and Radiation Management Administration.

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The Maryland Department of the Environment issued the penalty Feb. 19. The company paid the fine with a check written Feb. 24.

Phoenix Color is in the midst of constructing a new book printing and bindery plant which is expected to create 325 new jobs. The $38 million facility near the Hagerstown Regional Airport is expected to open this year.

The company, which moved its corporate headquarters from New York to Washington County in 1992, makes book components like paperback covers and book jackets at its plants in Hagerstown, Taunton, Mass., and Long Island City, N.Y.

- Scott Butki

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