US EPA fines three firms for alleged chemical reporting failures

23 July 2012 20:44  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--US environmental regulators on Monday said that three chemical industry firms had paid civil penalty fines totalling $362,113 (€300,554) for alleged failure to report production or use of chemical substances.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that Houston, Texas-based Haldor Topsoe Inc had paid a $202,779 civil penalty for alleged failure to report production or use of 13 chemical substances in 2006 as required by the inventory update reporting (IUR) rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

That IUR provision, now known as the EPA’s chemical data reporting (CDR) rule, requires that all US companies that produce, use or import chemicals submit detailed reports to EPA on those substances.

The reporting requirement deadline for 2006 IUR data was March 2007, and since then the EPA has concluded 43 civil enforcement actions against firms that allegedly failed to report or report in a timely manner, resulting in a total of $2.3m in settlement penalties.

Haldor Topsoe, a refiner and producer of ammonia, hydrogen, methanol and other chemicals, paid the fine on 2 July this year, the EPA said.

The agency also said that Bethlehem Apparatus Company of Hellertown, Pennsylvania, had agreed to pay a civil penalty of $103,433 for its alleged failure to report data on a specific but not named chemical on an unspecified number of occasions in 2006.

The EPA said that Bethlehem Apparatus, a chemical recovery and recycling company, had corrected the alleged reporting errors and paid the fine.

In addition, the EPA said that Chemtura Corporation has paid a $55,901 civil penalty for alleged failure to report IUR information about production and use of chemicals at its El Dorado, Arizona, plant during the 2006 reporting period.

Chemtura, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a major specialty chemicals producer.

($1 = €0.83)

By: Joe Kamalick
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