A Carlsbad chemical import and distribution firm has agreed to pay a virtually $150,000 penalty for violations of the Poisonous Substances Management Act, federal officers mentioned Thursday.
Transchem Inc. reached a settlement with the Environmental Safety Company over allegations that it did not report the overall annual quantity of six chemical substances it imported in 2015 at its North County facility.
The announcement didn’t specify what the substances had been, however mentioned it discovered that Transchem additionally didn’t submit discover to the EPA 90 days earlier than it imported and distributed “a chemical substance topic to a `important new use’ rule.”
The EPA mentioned the Poisonous Management Substances Act holds that chemical importers and producers should often submit knowledge to the EPA, which permits the company to trace chemical substances being imported into the U.S. and assess the potential well being and environmental results of these chemical substances.
The information additionally permits the company to find out if a substance will probably be utilized in a brand new approach that might result in well being or environmental considerations.
By way of the settlement settlement, Transchem agreed to pay a civil penalty of $147,617.
“It’s important that corporations precisely report the amount of chemical substances that they import into the U.S., in addition to present discover about these substances when they’re topic to important new use guidelines, in order that EPA can consider the potential dangers to communities and the atmosphere,” mentioned EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman in an announcement. “Corporations that don’t comply can face important penalties.”
– Metropolis Information Service