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Eastman Chemical

Lynwood, CA: (Mar-22-07) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed suit against Eastman Chemical after the company voluntarily disclosed it failed to submit toxic chemical reports for its former Lynwood, CA facility. The EPA alleged that Eastman Chemical failed to submit timely, complete and correct reports on the amounts of chemicals released at the facility in 2001, including sec-butyl alcohol, certain glycol ethers, naphthalene, phthalic anhydride and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene. The firm also failed to submit to the agency the amount of cobalt compounds, certain glycol ethers, cumene, naphthalene and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene released in 2002. On discovering the violations in 2004, Eastman voluntarily reported them to the EPA within 30 days and promptly corrected them. In an attempt to encourage voluntary disclosure, Eastman Chemical's $195,800 fine was reduced by 50 percent to $97,900. [MANUFACTURING: TOXIC REPORT]

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Published on Mar-26-07


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