Ardnak Plastic Inc Case Study

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George Mackee the manager of Ardnak Plastic Inc., a small plant that manufactured plastic parts for small equipment. The plant employed several hundred workers, which was a substantial portion of the population of Hondo. Ardnak Plastics Inc. had several small plants the size of Hondo’s, and George had a good relationship with Bill, his boss, in Austin, Texas. One of the problems George’s plant had was that the smokestack emissions were consistently above EPA guidelines. George received a call from Bill, stating that the EPA had contacted him about the problem and fines would be levied. George admitted the situation was a continual problem, but because headquarters would not invest in new smokestack scrubbers, he didn’t know what to do. George …show more content…
All the employees of Ardnak Plastic Inc. all have their jobs and livelihoods at stake here, and their interest in the matter would be keeping their jobs. The citizens of Hondo would have an interest as these harmful admissions will eventually affect their health and wellbeing. Bill told George he had one week to decide whether to eliminate the fines by correcting the current problems or by relocating. George knew that relocating the plant on the Mexican side would devastate the infrastructure of the city of Hondo and would continue to put contaminants into the air on the U.S. side. George would have to make a decision that would impact many people lives, giving him the most interest in this …show more content…
The Clean Air Act regulates the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere. Under this law, national ambient air-quality standards are set, and the release of certain major pollutants particulates, toxins, and compounds that deplete stratospheric ozone, that contribute to acid rain, and that are dangerous to human health are limited. The CAA requirements are carried out and monitored by the states, which must submit “state implementation plans” (SIPS) for approval by the EPA (Halbert, 2015). EPA works with its federal, state and tribal regulatory partners through a comprehensive Clean Air Act compliance monitoring program. Compliance monitoring ensures that the regulated community obeys environmental laws/regulations through on-site inspections and record reviews that can lead to enforcement when necessary. The CAA compliance assistance program provides businesses, federal facilities, local governments and tribes with tools to help meet environmental regulatory requirements (epa.gov). With the EPA willing to help companies there should be no reason to move and continue polluting the

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