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Tenaris Global Services, (USA) Corp. to Pay $717,324 for Environmental Reporting Violations

Release Date: 07/18/2011
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Joe Hubbard at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – July 18, 2011) Tenaris Global Services, (USA) Corp., a manufacturer and supplier of steel pipe products for the oil and energy industry, has agreed to pay $717,324 of civil penalties to the United States to settle violations of environmental regulations at seven facilities related to the public reporting of toxic chemicals at its facilities in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.

“These laws are in place to protect workers, emergency responders and the community in the event of an accidental release or fire,” said Regional Administrator Al Armendariz. "Without accurate information, local officials can't make informed decisions and people don't know what to do."

The company failed to report quantities of chemicals on site that were manufactured, processed or otherwise used at the facility during 2005-2008. The regulated chemicals included lead, manganese, nickel, nitrate compounds, xylene, chromium, nitric acid, glycol ethers and zinc compounds.

Companies are required to report these chemicals each year.

The following facilities were levied fines:

    Hydril Company, McCarty Manufacturing Plant, Houston, Texas, $141,344

    Hydril Company, Westwego Manufacturing Plant, Westwego, Louisiana, $108,717

    Maverick Tube Corporation, Hickman Facility, Blytheville, Arkansas, $119,422

    Maverick Tube Corporation, Tenaris Conroe Facility, Conroe, Texas, $43,281

    Tenaris Coiled Tubes, Precision Tube Technology, Houston, Texas, $105,661

    Tenaris Coiled Tubes, Subsea Center, Houston, Texas, $34,171

    Maverick Tube Corporation, ARAI facility, Houston, Texas, $164,728



Submission of the annual toxic chemical reports is a requirement of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Under EPCRA regulations, large companies are required to submit annual reports to EPA and state authorities listing the amounts of regulated chemicals that are manufactured, processed or otherwise used at the facility. The reports provide an important source of information to emergency planners and responders, and residents of surrounding communities.

EPCRA was enacted by Congress in 1986 for the protection of the public from chemical emergencies and dangers.

For information on EPA's Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, visit http://www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/epcra/epcraenfstatreq.html

More about activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.html

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/jul2011.html

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