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U.S. EPA CITES LOS ANGELES FIRM FOR TOXIC SUBSTANCE VIOLATIONS

 U.S. EPA CITES LOS ANGELES FIRM FOR TOXIC SUBSTANCE VIOLATIONS
 SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has proposed a $219,000 penalty against Western Star Color and Chemical for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) at its facility at 6377 Drexel Ave., Los Angeles.
 According to a civil complaint filed by U.S. EPA, Western Star failed to file a Pre-Manufacture Notification with the agency before importing three different chemical substances that were not found on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory. The company filed for an exemption based on the low volumes being imported, but not until approximately two years after import began.
 In addition, importers are required to certify to U.S. Customs that the chemicals in each shipment either comply with or are exempt from TSCA. U.S. EPA charged that Western Star failed to submit certification for at least 30 shipments.
 The TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory contains information on more than 70,000 chemicals in commerce in the United States. TSCA requires that a Pre-Manufacture Notification be filed with U.S. EPA at least 90 days before manufacture or import of a non-listed substance to ensure that public health and the environment are adequately protected.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Western Star Color and
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