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U.S. EPA settles toxic release reporting case with L.A.-area furniture manufacturer

Release Date: 10/2/2003
Contact Information: Mark Merchant ,(415) 947-4297

LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has settled a case with HON Industries of South Gate, Calif. over its violation of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

To settle the case, HON, a furniture manufacturer located at 2323 E. Firestone, will pay a penalty of $71,323 for six counts of not filing accurate Toxic Release Inventory reports with the EPA on time.

HON, the EPA alleges, did not file TRI paperwork reporting its use of xylene and 1,2,4- trimethylbenzene from 1999 to 2001.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act requires accurate and timely TRI reporting, and enforcing this regulation is a priority for the EPA," said Enrique Manzanilla, director of the EPA's Cross Media Division in the Pacific Southwest. "When companies such as HON do not comply with these regulations, they have defeated one purpose of the act, which is to inform the public about releases of toxic chemicals in their communities."

The EPA inspected HON on Aug. 29, 2002, and the company filed all necessary TRI forms after being contacted by the agency.

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