INEOS pays penalty, halts imports under US environmental settlement

22 August 2012 18:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--INEOS will pay a $175,000 (€140,000) penalty and has stopped importing short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) to the US, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Wednesday.

INEOS Chlor Americas reached a settlement with the EPA after the agency accused the company of importing various chain-length chlorinated paraffins into the US in violation of US regulations, the EPA said.

As part of the settlement, INEOS also ended US imports of SCCPs. The action means it has removed all known major sources of SCCP from the market, the EPA said.

“We will continue to coordinate with US Customs and Border Protection to prevent future illegal importation of these chemicals,”  EPA assistant administrator Cynthia Giles said.

SCCPs - used as lubricants and coolants for metal working and as plasticizers and flame retardants in plastics - are persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic to aquatic life, according to the EPA.

Even relatively small releases of these chemicals from individual manufacturing, processing, or waste management facilities have the potential to accumulate over time to higher levels and have been detected in wildlife and humans, the agency said.

The settlement with INEOS was lodged in the US District Court for Delaware and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval, the EPA added.

($1 = €0.80)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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