JELD-WEN Inc.’s Sulphur Springs plant is hoping to receive approval from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for an amended air quality permit which would allow for expansion at the manufacturing plant.
“I don’t see any reason, if Jeld-Wen meets TCEQ requirements, there’d be any problems for the permit amendment to come forth,” said County Judge Cletis Millsap, treasurer of the Ark-Tex Council of Governments Exceutive Committee. "This is being sought because of improvements and upgrades. It could mean additional employment."
The application for environmental assessment, submitted to TCEQ through ATCOG, “meets all statutory and regulatory requirements." If granted, the increase in organic compounds and air pollutants “will not create any significant detrimental impact to the environment, as determined by TCEQ," the application states.
The permit regulates air emissions, particularly those related to the production of polystyrene insulation used in the interior of doors.
The exterior door manufacturing facility’s current air quality permit’s maximum allowable limits of emissions are too low for the current rate of production. An increase in allowable limits of emissions is necessary for continued production, according to the permit application.
“The amendment to this permit will allow the continued operation of this facility, which employs 120 to 150 citizens of our region and has been in operations since 1984. The exterior door components manufactured here are shipped to a facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, for final construction. The products are then shipped to retail outlets such as Lowe’s for sale to the general public. The disruption of the environment is minimal compared to the accomplishments,” JELD-WEN Inc. notes in the application submitted to ATCOG.
TCEQ has determined allowing the permit amendment won’t “create any significant detrimental impact to the environment” and thus supports the issuance of the permit amendment.
The TCEQ executive director noted the amendment application to be “administratively complete” and a technical review of the application is in progress.
ATCOG's Executive Committee, during its January meeting, unanimously agreed during discussions to support the company’s application for the permit amendment.
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