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The Jan. 30 edition of "Green ...
The Jan. 30 edition of "Green Radio Bistro" featured a unique type of energy-efficient lighting that's manufactured in Penrose, N.C. Co-host Dee Eggers, an environmental-studies professor at UNCA, interviewed Greg Sedgwick and Steve McNabb of American Carolina, which manufactures electronic high-intensity-discharge lights that use up to 65 percent less energy than conventional HID lighting.
Armed with a U.S. Department of Energy grant of $420,000 awarded last year through Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Western Carolina University, American Carolina Stamping began working on a prototype of the product six months ago, said Steve McNabb, president of American Carolina Stamping.A dehumidifier heats the water, allowing the consumer to run a dehumidifier and water heater for 30 percent less, saving on utility bills, he said. McNabb
was pleased with the Energy Department's positive response.
"I would say we've got a 90 to 95 percent chance of getting this and our other project going," he
said."If this and our plans for energy efficient lights come through, we will probably need to hire an additional 60 to 80 employees within 90 days." American Carolina Stamping
employs 14 people, he
The government contract marks a stark turnaround for McNabb
, who has waged a long battle with the Environmental Protection Agency
after the EPA's
investigation unit raided his
plant in January 1999.
Officers were acting on tips that the plant was improperly disposing hazardous waste, including a hexane-based solvent, commercially sold as Zep. McNabb
won support from local legislators in Congress and in the state General Assembly. McNabb
said earlier this month he
plans to sue EPA criminal investigators for at least $10 million over the four-year investigation, which turned up no wrongdoing.During the investigation his
company could not pursue government contracts, he
said, costing him thousands of dollars.He
plans to sue the EPA
for lost business, attorneys' fees and other damages. McNabb
felt vindicated by the company's success with federal energy representatives at Tuesday's fair.
"This is payback for all that," he
said, referring to the EPA investigation.
The company has already received blueprints for a new energy efficient electronic ballast that works with all lighting, McNabb
said.The lights are programmable so they don't all come on at the same time and are 40 to 50 percent more efficient than standard lights. American Carolina Stamping
, which is between U.S. 64 and Old Hendersonville Highway, will be the manufacturing representative for Aurora Lighting of Knoxville, Tenn.The company has already sent engineering prints for the product to the Penrose business, McNabb
said, with a production request of one million units per month. McNabb
credited the partnership of Western Carolina University and A-B Tech
along with his
company for Tuesday's success.
"We're on a roll," McNabb
Steve McNabb, owner of American Carolina Stamping, is shown by one of the machines in his company on 64 West . (PATRICK SULLIVAN/TIMES-NEWS)
...Steve McNabb, owner of American Carolina Stamping, said Wednesday a Sept. 4 EPA complaint and compliance order could mean he has to pay $1.5 billion in penalties for alleged hazardous waste violations dating back to 1994.
EPA officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.But McNabb
said EPA officials told him his
math could be correct.
Agents from the EPA's
criminal investigations division raided the small plant April 15, 1999 looking for hazardous waste violations. McNabb
has fought the EPA's attempts to get a criminal indictment.By law, the EPA
had five years after the raid in which to file charges or drop the case.The complaint and compliance order is not an indictment.
This is the first official response from the EPA
since that raid more than four years ago, McNabb
fight against the investigation he
garnered support from U.S. Rep.
has denied that his
plant, which manufactures wire forms, electrical contacts and metal stamping products, improperly disposed of a cleaning solvent.
"There was no environmental harm," he
said."This is all strictly paperwork.And I can prove that we have the proper permits."
The counts carry various penalties assessed at $27,500 a day, some dating back to 1994.McNabb
said by his
calculations EPA expects him to pay $1.5 billion. McNabb
wrote a letter to the EPA
after the raid saying his
plant was operating as it had and asked if he
should change any operations to become compliant.He
never got a response.
The order said traces of the solvent, which contains hexane, alcohol and methanol, were found outside the plant in a burn pit and in barrels. McNabb
said the plant has no burn pit and that the barrels contained the old solvent.His
plant is small enough, McNabb
said, that it did not need types of permits the EPA
The solvent itself, he
has said, easily evaporates and is not hazardous. McNabb
intends to request a hearing to contest the order.
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Steve McNabb, owner of America Carolina Stamping in Penrose, is waiting for approval from the national laboratory to manufacture prototypes of patents produced at Oak Ridge.ACS will also begin producing parts for NeedleZap - a relatively new device that incinerates used needles."We have a very energetic plan of having 1,000 employees by the next five years," McNabb said.
Snow Comes, But Sledders Remain Scarce On Hillside
Monday, March 1, 2004 -- By Jennifer Uhl-Ford News Editor Kells Hogan remembers snowy days in Transylvania County when crowds of local children gathered with various snow crafts at his
property on Walnut Hollow Road."I have a hill that used to be a favorite sledding place," he
said."But hardly anybody visits anymore."Nowadays, tracks from sled rails rarely appear through the fallen snow on his
hillside, and he
provided a simple answer for the vacancy.
Steve McNabb is president of American Carolina Stamping in Etowah. (Michael Justus/Times-News)
, whose wife, Jan, owns American Carolina Stamping
, this week said he
is gathering information to sue members of the Environmental Protection Agency's
Criminal Investigation Division for discrimination and retaliation during a more than four-year investigation of the Transylvania County company
plans to sue for $10 to $15 million for lost business, attorneys fees and other damages.
"When you're under criminal investigation you can't take government contracts," he
contended that the solvent was too expensive to dump and that he
reuses it until it evaporates.Zep is only considered a hazardous waste because of its flammability, he
said tips came from disgruntled employees and that the investigation was retaliation for insults he
lobbed at the initial investigator, an N.C.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources employee. He
enlisted the help of federal and state politicians as the investigation continued and garnered media attention including an appearance on the CBS
news program 60 Minutes, which looked at alleged abuses by the CID.
As is the custom of federal law enforcement groups, the CID refused to talk about the case while it was open or even to confirm whether such an investigation existed.
uncovered information from DENR pointing to the wire tapping of his
phone.In 2000 he
brought a conspiracy lawsuit against the CID, but the $6 million complaint was denied because of the federal agents' special immunity.
In 2003, 10 months before the expiration of the five-year limit on investigations, the EPA
closed the case against McNabb