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EPA PROPOSES $17,000 IN PENALTIES AGAINST KREHA CORPORATION OF AMERICA FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE TOXIC SUBSTANCE LAW

      EPA PROPOSES $17,000 IN PENALTIES AGAINST KREHA CORPORATION
          OF AMERICA FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE TOXIC SUBSTANCE LAW
    NEW YORK, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint against KREHA Corporation of America, Inc., of New York, proposing $17,000 in penalties, for alleged violations of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).  According to the complaint, filed Dec. 30, 1991, the company submitted incomplete test data to EPA on phenethylcumene, a chemical substance imported by the company.
    Under Section 5 of TSCA, companies which manufacture or import a new chemical substance, one which is not already included in the TSCA inventory of chemicals, must submit a Pre-Manufacture Notification (PMN) to EPA.  The PMN must include all data concerning environmental and health effects of the chemical that are known or reasonably ascertainable at the time of submittal.  KREHA submitted a PMN for phenethylcumene that included test data from four toxicity tests performed on the chemical.  The complaint alleges that KREHA was in possession or control of the results of additional test data prior to the date of the submittal of the PMN for the chemical.
    "It is important that information submitted to the EPA be as thorough as possible," said Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, EPA Region 2 administrator.  "Information concerning production, use of and exposure to chemicals is an important tool in informing the public and making decisions which shape our environmental policies."
    KREHA submitted the information to the EPA in response to a request from the agency, on May 6, 1988.  The company is a subsidiary of Kureha Chemical Industry Company, Ltd., of Tokyo.
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    /CONTACT:  Mary Breitenbach of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/ CO:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; KREHA Corp. of America ST:  New York IN:  CHM SU: SM-SH -- NY031 -- 0990 01/17/92 12:35 EST
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