Dover Chemical will pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for unauthorized manufacture of chlorinated paraffins at facilities in Dover, Ohio, and Hammond, Ind., as part of settlement of a U.S. EPA notice of violation issued in December 2009.
Dover has ceased manufacturing short-chain chlorinated paraffins in U.S. facilities, under the settlement announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice. Short-chain CP have persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic characteristics that post a number of health risks. The company will also submit pre-manufacture notices to EPA for various medium-chain and long-chain chlorinated paraffin products.
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According to the EPA, Dover Chemical violated a section of the Toxic Substances Control Act by manufacturing short-chained, medium-chained and long-chained chlorinated paraffins without first submitting a pre-manufacture notice to the Administrator of EPA at least 90 days before manufacturing such substances. The agency said such a notice includes information such as the specific chemical identity, use, anticipated production volume, exposure and release information, and existing available test data.