By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 15, 2021, a settlement requiring Western Reserve Chemical Corp. (WRCC) in Stow, Ohio, to pay a $357,000 civil penalty for violations of chemical data reporting regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA claims that from 2012 to 2015, WRCC failed to submit data reports for 18 chemical substances as required by TSCA. According to EPA, WRCC imports various chemicals for businesses that formulate rubber, plastics, adhesives, sealants, and coatings. EPA states that the alleged violations “presented a potential harm to the Agency’s ability to maintain accurate and updated information regarding commercially-produced chemicals.” EPA’s consent agreement and final order with WRCC resolves the alleged violations and requires the payment of a $357,000 civil penalty in installments within 18 months.
Information about chemical reporting is available on the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting web page. EPA notes that the chemical data reports for 2016 to 2019 were due from industry manufacturers by January 29, 2021. The Substance Registry Services web page offers a search function to find out if a specific chemical is on the TSCA Inventory.