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EPA'S FIRST NATIONAL SETTLEMENT UNDER THE TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT REACHED WITH CARGILL, INC.

 EPA'S FIRST NATIONAL SETTLEMENT UNDER THE TOXIC SUBSTANCES
 CONTROL ACT REACHED WITH CARGILL, INC.
 ATLANTA, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In the first national settlement under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV, today announced an agreement with Cargill, Inc., which resolves TSCA violations alleged in complaints filed by EPA's Region IV office in Atlanta, and EPA's Region V office in Chicago.
 The EPA Region IV complaint involves the Cargill facility located in Forest Park, Ga.
 EPA Region IV Administrator Greer C. Tidwell said: "We are pleased to have reached a settlement that should bring all the Cargill facilities in the nation into compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act. This constitutes a significant forward stride in the enforcement of, and compliance with, our laws controlling the risks posed by toxic chemicals."
 "The agreement we have reached with Cargill will require them to conduct pollution prevention projects at some of their facilities," said William K. Reilly, EPA administrator. "These projects will significantly reduce the amount of toxics currently released into the environment."
 Under terms of a consent agreement and consent order, Cargill will pay a total fine of $121,050 (of which $98,500 will be paid to EPA Region IV) and conduct a compulsory TSCA compliance audit of their United States facilities. The audit will involve seven Cargill research and manufacturing facilities located in Minnesota, Georgia, Illinois, California, and Texas. If any new violations are discovered during the audit, Cargill will be required to correct them and pay penalties not to exceed a total of $1.2 million. In addition, Cargill will initiate environmentally beneficial projects at several of their facilities to reduce the amount of toxic chemical emissions that these facilities currently release unchecked to the environment.
 The alleged violations at the Forest Park facility include the following: (a) three counts of domestic manufacture of a new chemical either before the Premanufacturing Notifications (PMNs) were submitted to EPA or before the expiration of the 90-day review period; (b) five counts of new chemical manufacture before the filing of the Notice of Commencement; and (c) one count that Cargill failed to submit a correct inventory update.
 EPA requires chemical manufacturers to submit a PMN to EPA 90 days before manufacturing a new chemical substance not on the TSCA inventory. Manufacturers are also required to submit a Notice of Commencement to EPA no later than 30 days after the manufacture of a new chemical substance. Facilities must also accurately report annual production of chemical substances in excess of 10,000 pounds.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson of the United States Environmental ProtEnvironmental Protection Agency; Cargill, Inc. ST: Georgia IN: CHM SU: EXE


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