Search

4 Companies to Pay $300K in EPA Penalties for EPCRA Reporting Violations

Posted on 7/14/2015 by Roger Marks

According to a US EPA press release dated July 13, 2015, four companies in Washington State will pay civil penalties for noncompliance with the EPA’s Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) chemical reporting requirements. Between them, the facilities will pay more than $300,000 in civil penalties and commit nearly $200,000 in supplemental environmental projects.

Under EPCRA, businesses that manufacture, import, process, or use certain toxic chemicals in amounts that exceed set thresholds are required to report to EPA and local fire departments in order to facilitate emergency response. The companies affected by this EPA enforcement action span a range of diverse industries, illustrating the wide reach of EPCRA reporting responsibilities.

EPA EPCRA chemical enforcement


Among the businesses fined for EPCRA noncompliance are:
  • A Pasco, WA pesticide and chemical distributor that failed to report significant quantities of more than 80 different chemicals—including storing 990 times the reportable threshold of anhydrous ammonia;
  • A Sumner, WA seafood distributor that stored more than 500 pounds each of ammonia and sulfuric acid; and
  • Two poultry processing facilities in Kelso, WA and Roy, WA that between them failed to report ammonia, sulfuric acid, carbon dioxide, sodium hydroxide solution, ferric chloride solution, lead, and nitrogen.
For information on who must report to EPA under the EPCRA rules, read this feature: Know Your EPCRA Reporting Responsibilities

Expert Training on EPA Environmental Regulations

At the Complete Environmental Regulations Workshop, EHS professionals collaborate, share best practices, and learn what to report, collect, and keep on file to comply with EPA’s major air, water, and chemical programs. From reporting and permitting under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act to chemical management and reporting under EPCRA, TSCA, FIFRA, and more, you will leave the workshop ready to navigate the EPA regulations that affect your facility with confidence.

Tags: EPA, EPCRA, reporting and recordkeeping

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

The instructor was probably the best I ever had! He made the class enjoyable, was humorous at times, and very knowledgeable.

Mary Sue Michon

Environmental Administrator

I have been to other training companies, but Lion’s material is much better and easier to understand.

Mark Abell

Regional Manager

Lion is at the top of the industry in compliance training. Course content and structure are updated frequently to make annual re-training enjoyable. I like that Lion has experts that I can contact for 1 year after the training.

Caroline Froning

Plant Chemist

The instructor kept the class engaged and made learning fun. There was a lot of information to cover but time flew by. I will definitely use Lion in the future!

Chelsea Minguela

Hazmat Shipping Professional

Amazing instructor; real-life examples. Lion training gets better every year!

Frank Papandrea

Environmental Manager

The online course was well thought out and organized, with good interaction between the student and the course.

Larry Ybarra

Material Release Agent

I was recently offered an opportunity to take my training through another company, but I politely declined. I only attend Lion Technology workshops.

Stephanie Gilliam

Material Production/Logistics Manager

I think LION does an excellent job of any training they do. Materials provided are very useful to my day-to-day work activities.

Pamela Embody

EHS Specialist

The instructor clearly enjoys his job and transmits that enthusiasm. He made a dry subject very interesting and fun.

Teresa Arellanes

EHS Manager

Having the tutorial buttons for additional information was extremely beneficial.

Sharon Ziemek

EHS Manager

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Hazardous materials shipment rejections bear a big cost. Use this guide to end operational and logistical disruptions that severely impact your bottom line.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.