Electronic Products fined $118K for violating two environmental laws

Electronic Products fined $118K for violating two environmental laws

June 20, 2024
Electronic Products failed to identify hazards related to its use of anhydrous ammonia at its facility.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with Electronic Products Industries LLC after the company allegedly violated several acts. According to the EPA, the company, which specializes in electronics packages for various applications and industries, violated the agency’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Electronic Products failed to submit TRI reporting forms for anhydrous ammonia used at its plant in calendar years 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Additionally, the company allegedly violated the process hazard review (PHR) requirement of the General Duty Clause (GDC) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Electronic Products failed to identify hazards related to its use of anhydrous ammonia at its facility. To resolve these allegations, the company must pay a penalty of $117,647.

What people are saying

In a recent quote, EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash said, "Citizens have a right to know about dangerous, toxic substances in their neighborhood. There are homes, schools, businesses, a fire station, and a church near this facility – which is less than two miles from downtown Newburyport. EPA's action underscores the importance of companies understanding the hazards of using hazardous substances like anhydrous ammonia and using that knowledge to undertake safe handling and management practices to protect public safety."

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About the Author

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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