Processing Magazine

Three northwest US manufacturers failed to report chemical releases

December 21, 2011

SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined three manufacturers located in Idaho, Oregon and Washington for violating federal community right-to-know reporting requirements by failing to report releases of toxic chemicals on time to the federal Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), according to a press release.

According to three separate settlements with the EPA, Frazier Industrial Company of Pocatello, Idaho, Formula Corp. of Auburn, Wash., and McClure Industries, Inc. of Portland, Ore., will pay nearly $12,000 in combined penalties.

Under the federal TRI Program, companies that use certain toxic chemicals are required to report annually about releases, transfers and waste management activities involving toxic chemicals at their facilities.

“Companies that use industrial chemicals have a responsibility to surrounding communities to run safe and transparent operations,” said Kelly Huynh, manager of the Inspection and Enforcement Management Unit at EPA in Seattle. “That includes reporting about the chemicals they use and release at their facilities.”