Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, assembly plant is the cause of a $31,000 fine that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued earlier this year. Ford agreed to pay the fine on September 29 this year, MLive reported on Monday.
The issue comes from the Dearborn plant’s body and paint shop. The department’s documents state Ford is being fined for “not properly installing, maintaining and operating the Volatile Organic Compound control devices in a satisfactory manner.” The regenerative thermal oxidizer, which normally curbs emissions and pollutants, hasn’t been properly maintained, the department found.
Through inspections, the department found the identical error in the oxidizer eight times over a six-month period and some air quality controls operated in a bypass mode for extended periods of time, the report added. The department first served Ford the violation notice in March.