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EPA CITES SEVEN COMPANIES ON TOXICANTS; PROPOSES $584,000 IN FINES

 CHICAGO, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 said today that it has filed civil complaints against seven companies for violating chemical inventory update reporting requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It has proposed fines totaling $584,000 for violations of the reporting periods 1986 and 1990.
 The seven companies and the proposed fines are:
 -- Murphy Oil USA, Inc., Superior, Wis., $246,000.
 -- LignoTech USA, Inc., Rothschild, Wis., $214,000.
 -- Obron Atlantic Corp., Painesville, Ohio, $36,000.
 -- PURAC America, Inc., Lincolnshire, Ill., $34,000.
 -- R.R. Street & Co. Inc., Chicago, $24,000.
 -- Essential Industries, Inc., Merton, Wis., $18,000.
 -- Colorim Systems, Inc., Troy, Mich., $12,000.
 This action is part of a national crackdown on TSCA violations at 30 companies announced today by EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner.
 For the reporting periods, the specific allegations are:
 -- Murphy Oil: Failed to report 20 chemicals, 1986 reporting period, and 21 chemicals, 1990, that it manufactured or imported.
 -- LignoTech: Failed to report 12 chemicals that it manufactured or imported, 1990.
 -- Obron: Failed to report six chemicals that it manufactured or imported, 1990.
 -- PURAC: Failed to report two chemicals that it manufactured or imported, 1990.
 -- Street: Failed to report four chemicals that it manufactured or imported, 1990.
 -- Essential: Failed to report two chemicals that it manufactured or imported, 1990.
 -- Colorim: Failed to report two chemicals that it manufactured or imported, 1990.
 Federal law requires companies that manufacture, process or import 10,000 pounds or more of certain chemicals at a single site report such activities to EPA every four years to update EPA chemical inventory periods.
 "Reporting of specified chemicals is critical. It enables EPA to keep track of where potential health and pollution problems exist," said Dr. William H. Sanders III, regional director of the Environmental Sciences Division. "EPA will enforce these reporting requirements because we are concerned about protecting public health and the environment."
 The companies may request a hearing with EPA to discuss the allegations and to arrive at a settlement.
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 /CONTACT: Don de Blasio, 312-886-4360 or (technical) Abeer Hashem, 312-886-1331, both of EPA/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: IN: ENV SU:


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