Failing to Report Toxic Chemicals

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 @ 09:10 AM gHale

American Vanguard Corp. will pay a fine of $81,855 for failing to report toxic chemical substances imported by two of its subsidiary companies, federal officials said.

Under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a comprehensive list of more than 85,000 chemical substances. Bulk chemical substances on this list weighing more than 25,000 lbs imported, manufactured, processed or used must end up reported to EPA.

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In 2011, American Vanguard imported through its subsidiaries AMVAC Chemical Corporation and GemChem, Inc. more than 25,000 pounds of three chemicals commonly used as ingredients in pesticides and other agricultural products: Trichloroethanal, Phosphorothioic trichloride and 2,4-Dichlorophenol. The company failed to report these chemicals to EPA by the 2012 deadline, as required by TSCA’s Chemical Data Reporting rule.

American Vanguard Corporation is a Delaware corporation with headquarters in Newport Beach, CA, that develops products such as pesticides and herbicides for agricultural use. It is the parent company of AMVAC Chemical Corporation, located in Los Angeles, CA, and GemChem, Inc., located in Canton, CT.

The data collected by EPA under the Chemical Data Reporting rule is available to the public. This way communities have a better understanding of the risks posed to human health and the environment by chemicals currently used in U.S. commerce.