EPA fines US company for chemical reporting violations

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued John R Hess & Company with a $33,400 fine for failing to appropriately report chemicals used on site in violation of federal right-to-know laws.

The Rhode Island-based firm processed more than the established thresholds of N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, ethylene glycol and other regulated chemicals, but did not report these chemicals during the time period required, the EPA said.

Hess submitted the inventory forms after the due dates, resulting in five violations of Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act.

The violations took place in 2008 and 2009, while the complaint originates from an EPA inspection of the Hess facility in June 2010.