Chemical manufacturer fined $101K for inaccurately reporting activities involving hazardous chemicals

Jan. 11, 2024
According to the EPA, COIM failed to accurately report the off-site transfers and disposal methods of 1,4-Dioxane, in their Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports.

A settlement has been reached between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and COIM USA, Inc. over allegations that the company violated the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). According to the EPA, COIM failed to accurately report the off-site transfers and disposal methods of 1,4-Dioxane, in their Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports. The purpose of the TRI program is to require facilities that manufacture or use certain toxic chemicals to report on their releases and other waste management activities. This occurred from 2018 to 2021. As part of the settlement, COIM will have to pay $101,400 in penalties and undertake a supplemental environmental project (SEP). The SEP, which will cost about $25,000, will fund emergency planning and preparedness equipment for the West Deptford Fire Department and allow the department to better respond to emergencies involving hazardous chemicals. 

In a recent quote, Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia said, "COIM failed to meet their obligation to public safety by inaccurately reporting their activities involving 1,4-Dioxane, a hazardous chemical. This settlement not only holds the company accountable for their violations, but also supports the local fire department in enhancing their emergency preparedness and response capabilities.”

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Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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