How to buy cheap air filters from Koch and other water companies
Posted On July 24, 2021
Koch and several other water utilities have been under scrutiny by regulators in recent years for failing to provide adequate air filtration systems for their customers, according to federal records obtained by The Associated Press.
The documents, which include complaints and complaints to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, show that in many cases, water filtrates were not installed and that companies were allowed to buy or sell water filters without being required to install them.
Koch spokeswoman Lisa Anderson said in an email that the company has never knowingly or willfully sold or provided free or discounted air filters to customers.
But the company did not respond to requests for comment.
Koshen, who is also a director at Koch’s U.S. division, said in a statement that Koch “does not sell or purchase air filters to any of our customers, but instead offers its customers an array of products that can be used for their water and wastewater needs.”
The company does, however, “supply free or low-priced air filters, which are available at many locations across the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) supply chain,” the statement said.
Kokomos, which is part of Koch’s American subsidiary, has been under fire since 2011 for using cheaper, more efficient water filters for its customers that could be easily stolen or misused, according the EPA.
The EPA found that the filtrations used at Koch facilities in the U-Tap area of Oklahoma City were inadequate to meet the needs of about 5,000 customers.
Komos has said the filters were installed by contractors, and that it is working with state and federal authorities to get them repaired and replaced.
The company said it is looking into the EPA’s report, and has contacted officials at the EPA to get more information.
Koshien did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the EPA report.
The Associated Press does not typically identify companies or individuals in regulatory filings because it could affect their ability to win approval for their products.
Kasie Daniels, the EPA program coordinator for air quality in Oklahoma, said that the EPA investigation is still ongoing, but it has confirmed that the air filtrators were not adequately installed.
She said the EPA does not believe Koch has broken any laws, and said the agency is looking for more information about how the filtrates were installed.
Daniels said the investigation is part-time, but that it may take months to complete.
She said she is not aware of any other air filter companies in the country that have been similarly identified in the past.
“We don’t know how long that will take, and it may be years to do it,” Daniels said.
Danish-owned U-Tec, which has more than 4,500 employees in the United States, is also under scrutiny over its use of cheaper, less efficient water filters at some of its facilities in Oklahoma.
EPA investigators say that U-tec officials have said they were unaware of any complaints against them for the filters.
U-tap is in Kanawha County, where Kanawah County has a population of about 4,300.
In a letter sent to the EPA, U-tarco said that it had installed a system at the company’s facility in Oklahoma City that is the same as the EPA inspection report.
In addition to the water filtrate, U’s website states that it “has a water filter and air filter system that are in place and ready to use, ready to install.”
The company did have a website that showed the air filter and the water filter were the same.
But it did not state that the filters are in use.
A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Health and Environment said the department was not aware that the agency had made an inspection report and would be investigating.
“This is the first time that the department has received a complaint about U-Tarco and that is an ongoing investigation,” said spokeswoman Michelle McKeown.
“We will continue to monitor these facilities and take appropriate action if necessary.”
Koch, which owns or operates more than a dozen other companies, declined to comment on its response to the latest EPA report or on whether it has installed air filts at its facilities.
The company has not responded to requests from AP for comment, and the company does not identify its customers.
In an email to the AP, the company said that its air filticulants are available “in bulk to select customers throughout the U, U.K., U.A.E., Canada and Australia” and that customers are able to buy individually or in groups.
Kodak also did not return a request from AP.
Kogansak-based company U-O, which also operates a factory in Oklahoma and a refinery in Kansas, has also been under increased scrutiny in recent months.
EPA officials have not said whether the company is currently using air filters at its plants