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U.S. EPA settles with City of Industry metallic case manufacturer

Release Date: 11/4/2004
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, U.S. EPA, (213) 244-1815

$14,383 settlement includes fine, donation of emergency equipment to local fire department

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled for $14,383 with Anvil Cases, Inc., of the City of Industry, Calif., for allegedly filing chemical release forms late, a violation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Anvil Cases operates a plant at 15730 Salt Lake Avenue in City of Industry.

Under the terms of the citation, Anvil Cases will pay a $3,028.00 fine, and donate $11,355.00 in emergency response equipment such as hazardous material screening kits to the City of Santa Fe Springs Fire Department.

"We thank Anvil Cases for generously donating emergency response equipment to the City of Santa Fe Springs," said Enrique Manzanilla of the EPA. "Although this action comes as part of an EPA citation, the donation proves that this company is willing to be a reputable member of the community."

During an investigation starting in August 2003, the EPA learned that Anvil Cases had failed to file chemical release forms disclosing its dichloromethane use at the City of Industry plant for reporting years 2000 through 2002. Anvil Cases eventually filed these forms in March 2004; all were delinquent, some by more than a year. Dichloromethane is a colorless organic liquid and used as a solvent and cleaning agent, and is a known carcinogen.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act was enacted by Congress to help local communities protect public health, safety, and the environment from chemical hazards.

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