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EPA takes action against Connecticut-based corporation for toxic chemical reporting violations at Phoenix facility

Release Date: 07/28/2009
Contact Information: Margot Perez-Sullivan, 415.947.4149 Perezsullivan.margot@epa.gov

HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports failed to report chemicals to annual Toxics Release Inventory

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports $24,780 for allegedly failing to report the amount of toxic chemicals released by its Phoenix, Ariz., facility, in violation of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

The company failed to report emissions of N-hexane and zinc compounds from its facility to the EPA’s annual Toxics Release Inventory for 2007. The Conn.-based corporation owns and operates the facility located at 306 S. 45th Avenue in Phoenix.

"These reports provide the public with valuable information about the toxic chemicals being released in their communities,” said Nathan Lau, the EPA’s Communities and Ecosystems Division associate director for the Pacific Southwest. “This should remind others that the EPA is maintaining a close watch over chemical reporting practices and is serious about enforcing community right-to-know laws.”

Federal law requires that facilities using toxic chemicals over specified amounts file annual reports of their chemical releases with the EPA and the state. Information from these reports is then compiled into a national database and made available to the public.

Each year the EPA publishes a report entitled the Toxics Release Inventory Public Data Release Report, which summarizes the prior year’s submissions and provides a trend analysis of toxic chemical releases.

For more information on the program visit: http://www.epa.gov/tri

The U.S. EPA's environmental databases, including TRI data, can be accessed at: http://www.epa.gov/enviro

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