Chevron Phillips did not report imports of 18 poisonous chemical compounds: Letters – Enterprise Insurance
(Reuters) – Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. has not, as required by law, disclosed at least 18 toxic chemicals imported into the United States in recent years, according to Reuters, according to regulators.
Reuters previously reported that Chevron Phillips Chemical did not disclose more than 350 million pounds of benzene, a chemical used in commercial and household products that is known to cause cancer, according to analysis by the Center for Environmental Health, a nonprofit monitoring group.
"Your problems with reporting and the scope of non-compliance are clearly growing," said Robert Sussman, CEH legal advisor and former senior officer with the US Environmental Protection Agency. "Obviously there is a systemic problem."
The EPA requires companies to report large quantities of chemicals manufactured and imported. This will help the agency assess the risk of exposure to chemical plant workers and the communities around them, as well as consumers and others who may come into contact with the toxins.
In response to CEH's letter of intent to file a lack of disclosure, a Chevron Phillips Chemical attorney said an initial investigation into the company found it had not reported any imports of the additional chemicals. A July 9 letter from Chevron Phillips Chemical's legal advisor of Woodlands, Texas stated that the company had initiated an external review of its disclosure compliance.
A spokesman for Chevron Phillips Chemical told Reuters that the company has since corrected the data.
"We have corrected the reports with the EPA and are reviewing the procedures to ensure accurate reporting in the future," the company said in an email. It declined to comment further, saying that it generally made no comments on "matters under review by a regulator".
The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It's not clear what the 18 chemicals were or how much were imported, but failure to report is in violation of the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act and could result in fines ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Companies must report toxic chemicals imported into the United States of £ 25,000 per facility in a single year. For a select number of chemicals that are considered to be particularly dangerous, the threshold will be lowered to 2,500 pounds.
CEH filed lawsuits against three other companies last month for not reporting or failing to report large amounts of benzene and other potentially harmful chemicals in the United States.
According to agency documents, the EPA has fined companies for similar violations in the past.