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Waterbury Company Settles Chemical Reporting Case With EPA

Release Date: 08/02/2002
Contact Information: Andrew Spejewski, EPA Press Office, 617-918-1014

BOSTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has settled a case with the Allegheny Ludlum Corp. in Waterbury, Connecticut for alleged violations of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The company, which operates a steel rolling facility in Waterbury, will pay a civil penalty of $29,400 for failing to report on their use of chromium, manganese, and nickel from 1996 through 1999

"Companies need to make sure they are following their obligations to report what chemicals they are using and how they are processing them," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator at EPA's New England office. "These right-to-know reports give local citizens valuable information on what chemicals are being used in their communities and whether they are being handled responsibly."

The Toxics Release Inventory provisions of EPCRA require companies that process over a threshold amount of certain toxic chemicals to file annual reports listing quantities used. The Toxics Release Inventory is one of EPA's primary tools in tracking and reducing use and releases of toxic chemicals The process threshold for chromium, manganese and nickel is 10,000 pounds per year.

The penalty stems from an EPA inspection done in January 2001. Allegheny has since filed the annual reports and is now in compliance.

The steel which is rolled at Allegheny's Waterbury facility contains chromium, manganese and nickel.