VIM Recycling has been ordered to pay the Indiana Department of Environmental Management a total of $116,350 in fines since November 1999 stemming from a range of violations at its operations on U.S. 33 on the southeastern edge of Goshen and at Old U.S. 33 west of Elkhart.
As per the varied agreements IDEM and VIM reached to address the violations, VIM was ordered to pay:
* $85,000 in November 1999 stemming, in part, from earlier fugitive dust violations in Goshen. It was also ordered to halt grinding operations in Goshen and transfer them to the Old U.S. 33 site west of Elkhart.
* $5,500 in August 2001 stemming from two incidents of open burning at the Goshen facility, in 2000 and 2001, and two incidents of fugitive dust crossing its property line there in 2000. VIM was also cited for two incidents in 2000 at the Old U.S. 33 plant, operating an outdoor wood grinder without the proper permit and grinding lumber outdoors in violation of the plan meant to prevent fugitive dust emissions.
* $3,400 in June 2003 for late submission of an air permit application for the Old U.S. 33 facility.
* $1,875 in May 2004 stemming from an August 2003 fugitive dust emission across its property line at the Old U.S. 33 facility from an outdoor mulch pile.
* $3,400 in August 2005 for not submitting an annual report on time on operations at the Goshen facility for 2003.
* $1,875 in June 2006 for not submitting an annual report on time on operations at the Goshen facility for 2004.
* $15,300 in December 2006 for improper record keeping and for grinding wood outdoors on 24 days in 2004 and 2005 at the Old U.S. 33 facility when wind speeds exceeded 10 mph, a violation of its permit. The 10 mph limit is meant to prevent grinding when wind is strong enough to carry dust across the company's boundary into adjoining neighborhoods.
A January 2007 accord between VIM and IDEM called on VIM to pay a civil penalty of $22,500 if it hadn't removed several thousand tons of waste from its grounds by Sept. 30, 2008. VIM didn't get rid of the material until after the deadline and that accord remains the focus of a lawsuit IDEM filed against VIM in October 2008.
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