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
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.