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Chemical processing plant faces penalty for chemical reporting violations

August 25, 2011

BOSTON — A chemical processing facility in Cranston, R.I., faces a penalty of $33,400 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to appropriately report chemicals used on site in violation of federal right-to-know laws, according to a press release.

John R. Hess & Company failed to file Toxic Chemical Release Inventory Forms listing chemicals processed, manufactured or used at its facility.

The inventory forms are required by the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. The complaint stems from an EPA inspection of the Hess facility on June 30, 2010.

According to EPA, Hess processed more than the established thresholds of N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, ethylene glycol and other regulated chemicals, but did not report these chemicals during the time period required.