BOSTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced settlements with three companies that resolve alleged violations of Clean Air Act requirements for the safe handling of certain chemicals and substances at facilities in New England. The three companies—Elliott Auto Supply Company, which does business as Splash Products; SUEZ Water Environmental Services; and City Line Distributors—all agreed to pay penalties to resolve the alleged violations and have come into compliance with the Clean Air Act’s General Duty Clause after EPA inspections and consultations with the agency. A fourth company—Photofabrication Engineering, Inc.—settled with EPA for failure to inform local and state responders about the presence of hydrofluoric acid at its facility, in alleged violation of the Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).
… Photofabrication Engineering, Inc. of Milford, Mass.: Photofabrication Engineering, Inc., was also storing incompatible chemicals together. The company, which photo etches precision metal parts, had a hydrofluoric acid spill in January. Hydrofluoric acid was not listed on the chemical inventory form submitted to state and local officials pursuant to EPCRA. The company paid a $7,562 penalty for this omission and agreed to enter into a Clean Air Act compliance order to review hazards associated with its storage and use of hydrofluoric acid and other extremely hazardous chemicals.
*Original article titled EPA Settlements Resolve Violations of Laws to Prevent Chemical Accidents at Facilities in New England online at https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-settlements-resolve-violations-laws-prevent-chemical-accidents-facilities-new