Chevron Phillips did not report imports of 18 toxic chemicals: letters
(Reuters) – Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. has not disclosed to regulators significant amounts of at least 18 toxic chemicals imported into the United States in recent years, as required by law, according to letters viewed by Reuters.
Reuters previously reported that Chevron Phillips Chemical did not disclose more than 350 million pounds of benzene, a chemical used in commercial and household products known to cause cancer, following a Center for Environmental Health analysis. , a nonprofit watchdog group.
“Their reporting problems and the scope of the non-compliance are clearly expanding,” said Robert Sussman, legal counsel to CEH and a former senior official with the US Environmental Protection Agency. “Obviously there is a systemic problem. “
The EPA requires companies to report large quantities of manufactured and imported chemicals. This helps the agency assess the risk of exposure for workers in chemical factories and the communities around them, as well as consumers and others who may come in contact with the toxins.
In response to CEH’s letter of intent to sue for failure to disclose, an attorney for Chevron Phillips Chemical said an initial investigation by the company found it failed to report imports additional chemicals. The letter from legal counsel for Chevron Phillips Chemical, based in Woodlands, Texas, dated July 9, says the company has launched an external audit of its disclosure compliance.
A spokesperson for Chevron Phillips Chemical told Reuters the company has since corrected the data.
“We have corrected reports with the EPA and are reviewing procedures to ensure accurate reporting in the future,” the company said in an email. He declined to comment further, saying he generally does not comment on “matters considered by a regulator.”
The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It is not known exactly what the 18 chemicals were or how many were imported, but not reporting them is a violation of US Toxic Substance Control Law and can result in fines in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Companies are required to report quantities of toxic chemicals imported into the United States of 25,000 pounds per facility in a single year. The threshold is lowered to 2,500 pounds for a number of chemicals considered particularly hazardous.
CEH filed lawsuits against three other companies last month over allegations of underreporting or failing to report large amounts of benzene and other potentially harmful chemicals in the United States.
The EPA has fined companies in the past for similar violations, agency documents show.