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EPA Reaches Settlement with Goshen, New York Company for Violations of Federal Toxics Law

Release Date: 10/23/2013
Contact Information: John Martin, (212) 637-3662, martin.johnj@epa.gov

      (New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Blaser Swisslube, Inc, in Goshen, New York for violations of federal regulations governing toxic substances. The company, which produces high-end coolants for tools, failed to notify the EPA before importing a chemical it had been using to inhibit corrosion in one of the company’s products. Under the agreement’s terms, the company will pay a $150,000 penalty.

      "The regulations governing the use of chemicals imported into the country are in place to ensure that people’s health and the environment are not put at risk,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "This action reinforces the need for manufacturers and importers of chemicals to follow the law and help protect people from chemicals that could be harmful to their health.”

      When a company brings a new chemical into the United States, it must notify the EPA and certify 90 days before importation that it meets all rules and regulations under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. An EPA inspection of Blaser Swisslube’s facility at 31 Hatfield Lane in Goshen, New York revealed that from February 2008 through July 2010, the company had been importing a chemical substance without first notifying the EPA. The chemical was being used in the production of a metalworking fluid that the company sold to domestic manufacturers.

      For more information on federal toxic substances law, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-toxic-substances-control-act.

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