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Air Pollution Compliance and Enforcement

The Air Pollution Control (APC) Division of Canton City Public Health is responsible to monitor air pollution source compliance with permit requirements and/or air regulations and to initiate appropriate enforcement action in the case of non-compliance for all of Stark County through our contract with Ohio EPA. Compliance is monitored by performing routine inspections, performing complaint investigations, observing source emission/stack tests, reviewing submitted documents, and performing emission estimation calculations. The priority and frequency of inspections are dependent on complaints received, the size and type of facility, and/or the type and severity of the pollution problems, all of which are dictated by Ohio EPA policy.

When Canton APC discovers non-compliance/violation issues, Canton APC is responsible to issue a notice of violation (NOV) letter to the entity. This letter informs the entity of what the non-compliance issues are and how they can resolve them. Canton APC then monitors progress of the entity resolving the issues and returning to compliance. For cases of significant non-compliance, additional enforcement action may be necessary. These actions involve referring the case details to Ohio EPA Enforcement group to discuss which actions are appropriate to take for each individual case. Ohio EPA enforcement actions can include: (a) taking no further action; (b) issuing a warning letter to the entity; (c) issuing Director's Final Findings and Orders to the entity (which usually include a monetary penalty); or (d) referring the case to the Ohio Attorney Generals Office for court action.

The compliance and enforcement actions that are taken by Canton APC and issued by Ohio EPA due to Canton APC discoveries are publicly accessible on our website and other websites, in the following ways:

  • Monthly, the total complaints received and investigated, inspections conducted, and enforcement actions taken are summarized by source type and reported to the Board of Health (BOH). Significant non-compliance issues are further described in these reports. These monthly reports are available on our BOH Meeting Minutes page.
  • Annually, the total complaints received and investigated, inspections conducted, and enforcement actions taken are summarized by source type and reported in the Annual Report to the stakeholders and public. Previous years' data is also included for comparability and visualizing trends in the data.  These annual reports are available on our Annual Report page.
  • Canton APC discovered significant non-compliance issues that resulted in Ohio EPA Director's Final Findings and Orders are listed below. Note: This list is limited to one this type of final enforcement action, so it is not all inclusive of all Canton APC enforcement cases.
  • Copies of NOV letters issued by Canton APC, Ohio EPA enforcement actions, and various other compliance/enforcement documents issued by Canton APC and Ohio EPA are available through Ohio EPA's eDoc website. Further details of how to use this website to locate Canton APC-issued documents are available on our Public Records and Notices page.
  • Summary of violations and compliance history (taken by U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, and/or Canton APC) available on the U.S. EPA ECHO website.

Below are links to issued Ohio EPA Director's Final Findings and Orders from January 1, 2016 until present date for significant non-compliance issues in Stark County discovered by Canton APC. Note: The list below is not all inclusive and does not include all Canton APC's enforcement cases.

Date Issued  
Non-compliance Type  
Entity Name Entity City  $ penalty
08/11/2021 Open Burning Fred Luthi / Luthi Towing Navarre Yes
06/14/2021 Open Burning Donald Miller Canton Yes
05/17/2021 Facility-Permit
Republic Steel Canton No
02/26/2021 Facility-Lead NAAQS Monitoring Republic Steel Canton No
11/13/2020 Open Burning James Dowdell Alliance Yes
10/30/2020 Open Burning Marilyn McCoy East Sparta Yes
11/27/2019 Open Burning Johnnie and Amy Kenney Pike Twp Yes
10/09/2019 Open Burning Terry Wigington Massillon No
09/19/2019 Open Burning Firman Mast-FM LLC Sugarcreek Yes
05/14/2019 Facility-Lead NAAQS exceedance Republic Steel Canton No
Facility-Permit Republic Steel Canton Yes
12/28/2018 Asbestos Dan's Wholesale Carpet Outlet Massillon Yes
11/19/2018 Open Burning
Pugh Family Enterprises Louisville Yes
11/01/2018 Open Burning Rick Shifflet East Sparta Yes
06/29/2018 Facility-Lead NAAQS exceedance  
Republic Steel Canton No
02/02/2018 Facility-Permit American Landfill (Waste Management)
Waynesburg  No
12/22/2017 Facility-Permit Marathon Petroleum Canton Refinery Canton Yes
06/23/2017 Facility-Permit Ohio Tar & Asphalt (div Central Allied)  
Canton Yes
05/17/2017 Open Burning Corey Kyler Navarre Yes
02/14/2017 Open Burning Karen Jolly and Dwight Griffin Canton Yes
11/16/2016 Facility-Permit Republic Steel Canton Yes
09/19/2016 Open Burning Daryl Lichtenwalter Canton Yes
08/26/2016 Open Burning Richard Oliver Canton Yes
07/19/2016 Asbestos RUKH-JAGI Holdings (Holiday Inn) Canton Yes
06/01/2016 Asbestos Alliance Ventures Alliance Yes
02/09/2016 Open Burning David Smith Canal Fulton Yes
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