Carlsbad Company settles with EPA over allegations that officials failed to report chemical imports

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A Carlsbad chemical import and distribution company has agreed to pay a fine of nearly $150,000 for violating the Toxic Substances Control Act, federal officials said Thursday.

Transchem Inc. has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that it failed to report the total annual volume of six chemicals imported in 2015 at its North County plant.

The announcement did not specify what the substances were, but said it revealed that Transchem also failed to submit a notice to the EPA 90 days before importing and distributing “a chemical substance subject to a ‘significant new use’ rule”.

The EPA said the Toxic Control Substances Act requires importers and manufacturers of chemicals to regularly submit data to the EPA, which allows the agency to track chemicals imported into the United States and assess the potential health and environmental effects of these chemicals.

The data also allows the agency to determine whether a substance will be used in a new way that could cause health or environmental concerns.

Through the settlement agreement, Transchem agreed to pay a civil penalty of $147,617.

“It is essential that companies accurately report the quantity of chemicals they import into the United States, as well as a notice of those substances when they come under significant new use rules, so that the EPA can assess potential risks to communities and the environment,” EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Martha Guzman said in a statement. “Companies that fail to comply may face penalties important.”

– City News Service

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