Last year, the DEC says a pile containing glass fragments mixed with plastic and paper generated from household recycling that Hillcrest used to make sandblasting materials and reflective glass beads became a major source of odors. At first, the odors in the pile were generated by decaying food residue which had adhered to the glass and plastic. As this activity continued, the material began to heat and smolder, creating new odors due to the paper and plastic within the pile being consumed.
Hillcrest Industries will establish a $100,000 fund to be used for an Environmental Benefit Project (EBP) in the Village of Attica and will undertake a number of pollution control measures for violations of state environmental standards over the past year.
The Order requires Hillcrest to reduce facility emissions, comply with a remedial schedule, fund
environmental monitoring services to be performed by a third party contractor and designate an
employee as an on-site Environmental Compliance Officer. The Order also prohibits Hillcrest from
accepting additional coal slag and requires that all materials on site be properly processed and
stored. An additional $300,000 penalty is suspended, provided Hillcrest is timely in complying
with the Order and adheres to the remedial schedule. Hillcrest Industries manufactures abrasive
blasting media and recycled glass material at its facility in the Village of Attica, Wyoming County.
“The Consent Order includes a lengthy list of requirements to bring the facility into full
compliance and address environmental concerns,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “With
the Environmental Benefit Project, the community will be able to enjoy improvements to the
Village’s pool and playground as a direct result of this Order. DEC will continue to closely
monitor this facility to ensure compliance with the Order and environmental laws and
The EBP will fund improvements to the pool and replacement of playground equipment located
in Veterans Memorial Park in the Village of Attica.
Some of the highlights of the Order and measures already taken by Hillcrest include:
• Emission Improvements: Hillcrest is required to:
o maintain the building under negative pressure to prevent emissions from escaping,
vent all emissions through acceptable emission control devices and install
filtration systems on both glass bead furnaces.
o perform daily inspections and repair all dust control equipment to prevent dust
emissions. Observations to date indicate that emissions from the facility have
been reduced significantly. A stack test to demonstrate compliance will take place
• Proper Storage and Processing of Materials: Hillcrest has taken several actions to date
in response to DEC’s enforcement efforts, including processing the piles of recyclable
material and permanently closing some petroleum bulk storage (PBS) tanks which
reduced the site’s total PBS capacity to less than 1,100 gallons. Approximately half of the
coal slag pile was shipped offsite. Hillcrest is prohibited from accepting coal slag and
will cover all coal slag stored on site. The company will:
o submit a plan for proper storage and processing of all materials at the site;
o evaluate the landfill cap on Westinghouse’s closed foundry sand landfill located
at the Hillcrest facility;
o remediate the cap if necessary; and
o remove all glass, paper and plastic from the Attica Sand and Gravel pit.
• Environmental Compliance Monitoring: Under the terms of the Order, Hillcrest will
fund environmental monitoring services to be performed by a third party contractor, who
will oversee compliance monitoring to ensure compliance with the Order; perform
inspections and provide reports to DEC. In addition, Hillcrest will designate an
employee as an Environmental Compliance Officer.
• Freshwater Wetland Adjacent Area Improvements: The Order requires Hillcrest to:
o remove any material placed in the adjacent area of Freshwater Wetland AT-6;
o fence and label the boundary of the adjacent area; and
o plant trees and shrubs in the disturbed areas.
• Management of Stormwater Runoff: Hillcrest will continue to comply with the Interim
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (Interim SWPPP) and will apply for a Multi-
Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity
which will replace the Interim SWPPP.
At DEC’s request, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspected the site and took
the lead on efforts to extinguish the fire inside the pile of plastic, glass and other recycled
materials at the Hillcrest Industries facility. Under EPA oversight, Hillcrest hired a contractor to break down the piles of material and extinguish the fire. Hillcrest spent more than $1 million on its efforts to control the odors, excavate the piles, and extinguish the fire.