Mitsuya Boeki USA, Inc., of Saddle Brook, New Jersey, reached a settlement involving violations of federal rules that require manufacturers and importers to provide the EPA with information on the production and use of large quantities of chemicals.
The company, a subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsuya Boeki LTD, specializes in the manufacture and distribution of ingredients for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. It failed to report essential information to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about chemicals it imported into the United States. Under the settlement, Mitsuya Boeki USA will pay a $143,300 penalty.
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“Because of the effects toxic chemicals can have on human health and the environment, it is critical that companies using large quantities of chemicals fully comply with federal reporting requirements,” said Judith A. Enck.
The EPA collects information on the types, quantities and uses of chemical substances produced domestically and imported into the United States. The information is collected every four years from manufacturers and importers of chemicals in commerce, generally when production volumes for the chemical are 25,000 pounds or greater for a specific year. The EPA uses the data to assess potential human and environmental risks from these chemicals and makes information that is not declared confidential business information available to the public.
An EPA inspection of Mitsuya Boeki USA’s Saddle Brook facility found the company had failed to report its importation of 7 chemicals subject to the reporting rule.
Information about the imported chemicals covered under this legal settlement is considered confidential business information by Mitsuya Boecki USA. In addition to the penalty, Mitsuya Boecki USA has filed an updated report and will implement management practices to ensure compliance with all provisions of federal toxics laws and regulations in the future.