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Cement manufacturer fined $82,000 for toxic chemical reporting violations

February 23, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Essroc Cement Corporation has agreed to pay a $82,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of toxic chemical reporting requirements at its manufacturing facility in Nazareth, Pa., according to a press release.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the company failed to submit three years of required reports on lead, a regulated toxic chemical, that was processed at this facility.

EPA cited the company for violating the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

The multi-establishment Nazareth, Pa., plant processes lead as part of the manufacturing process for bulk and packaged cement.

According to EPA, a June 2011 inspection revealed that Essroc did not submit annual reports for lead for three years (2006 through 2008) when the Nazareth facility processed lead in amounts in excess of 130,000 pounds annually — significantly exceeding EPCRA’s 100 pound reporting threshold.

As part of the settlement, the company did not admit liability for the alleged violations, but has certified compliance with applicable EPCRA requirements.