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EPA, company settle over chemical, pesticide violations

By Stephanie Ostrowski | Feb 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two subsidiaries of the Kemira Group reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of chemical and pesticide laws.

Alleged violations announced Jan. 24 were against the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act including the sale and distribution of an unregistered pesticide, the sale and distribution of misbranded pesticides, and pesticide production reporting violations.

The sale and distribution of unregistered or misbranded pesticides can cause serious illness in humans and be harmful to the environment.

Kemira has corrected the alleged violations and will pay a civil penalty of $301,600 under the terms of the agreement, according to the EPA.

An agreement also was reached with Kemira Water Solutions after an EPA inspection found 27 violations of the Toxic Substance Controls Act's Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) rule for the 2006 reporting period.

It is required by the IUR rule for manufacturers and importers of certain chemical substances to report the production volume and location of each facility producing the substances. The information is then used to support risk screening and assessment to make up the most comprehensive source of base screening-level, exposure-related information on chemicals available to EPA.

The required information has since been submitted by Kemira Water Solutions to the EPA and they will pay a civil penalty of $503,110.

Kemira Chemicals and Kemira Water Solutions are both subsidiaries of Kemira Group, a global chemical company with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta.

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