EPA PROPOSES OVER $200,000 IN PENALTIES AGAINST OLIN HUNT SPECIALTY PRODUCTS FOR TOXIC SUBSTANCE VIOLATIONS
EPA PROPOSES OVER $200,000 IN PENALTIES AGAINST OLIN HUNT SPECIALTY
PRODUCTS FOR TOXIC SUBSTANCE VIOLATIONS
NEW YORK, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed $202,125 in penalties against Olin Hunt Specialty Products, Inc. (Olin) for alleged violations of the federal toxic substance law. On Dec. 13, 1991 EPA filed a five count complaint against Olin, alleging that the company failed to submit proper information about new chemical substances they manufactured, imported and exported. New chemical substances are those substances not included in the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) inventory of chemicals. The Delaware-based company owns and operates a chemical manufacturing facility in West Paterson, N.J.
"Submitting the proper paperwork for new chemical substances is more than a bureaucratic formality," said Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, EPA Region 2 administrator. "The notices submitted to the Agency include important data concerning the known health and environmental effects of the substance, which ultimately aids the EPA in making decisions that protect human health and the environment."
Under TSCA, companies must submit to the EPA a pre-manufacturing notice (PMN) at least 90 days prior to importing or manufacturing a new chemical substance. According to the complaint against them, Olin imported a new chemical without a PMN. In addition, the complaint alleges that the company manufactured new chemicals without submitting a PMN. The names of the specific chemicals manufactured and imported, the names of the countries from which they were imported and the dates on which certain chemicals were either manufactured or imported were declared by Olin to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Olin is also charged with purchasing and using for commercial purposes a new chemical that was allegedly manufactured in violation of TSCA. Under TSCA, a company is in violation if it purchases a chemical that it knows or has reason to know has been manufactured in violation of the law. The chemical name, the name of the manufacturer, and the dates involved are protected as CBI.
Olin also allegedly exported chemicals to several countries in 1986, 1987 and 1988 without properly notifying the EPA. TSCA requires exporters to notify the EPA in writing of the first export of each regulated chemical to each particular country. Olin has declared the names of the chemicals and the countries to which they were exported CBI.
Businesses may claim that certain information is confidential, and therefore protected as CBI, if the information is a trade secret or is proprietary. EPA cannot release CBI to the public unless specifically authorized by the company, or unless a formal disclosure is requested by the public and EPA determines the information is not confidential.
/CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of U.S. EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Olin Hunt Specialty Products ST: New Jersey IN: CHM SU: FC-KW -- NY091 -- 1925 01/21/92 14:05 EST