TWO ESSEX COUNTY, N.J. FIRMS TO REDUCE USE OF CHEMICALS AND PAY PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO REPORT PROPERLY
TWO ESSEX COUNTY, N.J. FIRMS TO REDUCE USE OF CHEMICALS
AND PAY PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO REPORT PROPERLY
NEW YORK, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached agreements with two Essex County firms, Epicor, Inc. of Linden and Darling-Delaware Company, Van Iderstine Division of Newark, under which the companies have and will change their processes to reduce the use of chemicals. In addition, each will pay a penalty for failing to file forms properly under requirements of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
"The purpose of the reporting is to provide information to residents and local governments of the chemicals in their communities to aid in environmental protection efforts," said EPA Regional Administrator Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff. "Our settlement with the companies will also result in reduced use of toxic chemicals, which is an important goal of our agency to help prevent pollution before it occurs."
Epicor, a chemical manufacturer, in the future will purchase high grade caustic soda instead of standard grade soda which will enable the company to reduce, by up to fifty percent, the volume of sulfuric acid used on-site. This in turn reduces the amount of wastewater generated. Epicor will also pay a penalty of $3,750 for failing to report the sulfuric acid properly for calendar year 1987 through 1989.
Van Iderstine Division, a rendering facility producing tallow, has installed a centrifuge on the grease processing line to eliminate production of sludge which would otherwise have to be landfilled. Van Iderstine will also pay a penalty of $6,500 for failing to report sulfuric acid properly for calendar year 1989.
Section 313 of the act requires companies to report annually over 320 toxic chemicals or chemical categories. The estimates of releases of the chemicals into the air, land and water are made accessible by EPA on a national computerized data base.
EPA Region 2 has gained commitments from dozens of companies thus far to make pollution prevention expenditures in settlement for their failure to file Toxic Release Inventory forms properly. In addition, the region has collected more than $1 million in penalties.
/CONTACT: Herman Phillips of EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New Jersey IN: SU: SM -- NY085 -- 2358 11/07/91 16:09 EST