The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a $950,000 settlement with a Linden, N.J. company for using a new chemical in its auto products before the required review was complete.
The settlement with Infineum USA, L.P. involves alleged violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which requires companies to notify the EPA before a new chemical is introduced. The company produced and sold a new chemical in an auto product for several years without notifying the EPA. When the company discovered the error, it informed the Agency.
"The law is clear. Companies cannot make and sell products using a new chemical until EPA's 90-day review has been completed," said EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg. "One of the Agency's most important mandates is to prevent the distribution and use of harmful new products that could damage people's health and the environment."
This agreement also settles other alleged TSCA new chemical notification and import certification violations, disclosed to the EPA by Infineum. The company is a joint venture between ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Shell Petroleum Co. Ltd. and Shell Oil Co.
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