DuPont to pay $3.3m penalty for US EPA reporting violations

21 December 2010 15:44  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US chemical major DuPont will pay a penalty of $3.3m (€2.5m) for failing to immediately report toxic chemical studies, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Tuesday.

The settlement was to resolve 57 violations of the US Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

DuPont failed to immediately notify EPA of research indicating substantial risk found during testing chemicals for possible use as surface protection, masonry protection, water repellants, sealants and paints,” the EPA said.

“The Toxic Substances Control Act requires companies to inform EPA when they have research demonstrating that a chemical could pose a substantial risk to human health and the environment,” the agency added.

On 5 May 2006, DuPont told EPA that it had failed to submit chemical toxicity studies on rats, as required by the law, according to the agency.

Then on 12 July 2006, DuPont submitted studies that contained information on chemical toxicity when certain chemicals are inhaled, the agency said.

“EPA determined that 57 of the studies contained information on chemicals that could present a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment,” the agency said.

DuPont did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

($1 = €0.76)

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By: Ben DuBose
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