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EPA fines chemical producer

July 24, 2012

BOSTON — A chemical producer faces a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fine of $93,900 for failing to report the use and storage of hazardous chemicals at its Fairfield, Connecticut, facility, in violation of the federal right-to-know law, according to a press release.

5N Plus Inc. violated the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) by failing to report hazardous chemical inventory information, known as Tier II reports, to the fire department and the local and state emergency responders, the release stated.

According to the release, the company also failed to report the use and potential release of lead and selenium to the state and federal Toxic Release Inventory, a national database of toxic chemical use available to the public.

Accurate reporting of hazardous chemicals at facilities is critically important to ensure that emergency responders are aware of potential hazards that are present at a facility in the case of an emergency so that they can take adequate precautions to protect public health as well as their own well-being, the release noted.

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