By Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton
On March 2, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it reached a settlement agreement with Brenntag Pacific, Inc. for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). According to EPA, Brenntag Pacific, Inc. has corrected the violations and will pay a $128,265 fine. EPA states that it discovered the violations following inspections at Brenntag Pacific, Inc. facilities in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in Santa Fe Springs, California. EPA inspectors “found the company failed to submit accurate and timely reports and notification associated with the import and export of nine chemicals.” According to EPA, between 2012 and 2015, Brenntag Pacific, Inc. failed to report properly the import production volumes and uses of five chemicals as required by the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule. In addition, the company failed to produce first-time export notices for four chemicals between 2016 and 2017. EPA notes that under TSCA, chemical importers and manufacturers are required to submit CDR information to EPA every four years. EPA uses these data to track the chemicals being imported into the United States and to assess the potential human health and environmental effects of these chemicals. In addition, EPA makes the non-confidential business information it receives available to the public.