NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 31 that Mitsuya Boeki USA Inc. of Saddlebrook, New Jersey, will settle allegations of violating federal rules requiring manufacturers and importers to provide the EPA with information on the production and use of large quantities of chemicals.
The company is a subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsuya Boeki LTD, which specializes in the manufacture and distribution of ingredients for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. According to the EPA, it failed to report essential information regarding its imported chemicals to the agency. To resolve the allegations, Mitsuya Boeki USA will pay a $143,000 penalty.
EPA collects information on chemicals produced both domestically and internationally if imported. The agency gathers the data every four years from manufacturers and importers of chemicals in commerce. It then uses the data to assess potential risks to both humans and the environment.
"Because of the effects toxic chemicals can have on human health and the environment, it is critical that companies using large quantities of chemicals fully comply with federal reporting requirements,” Judith A. Enck, administrator for the EPA's Region 2 Office, said.