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Boat Manufacturers Pay over $50,000 for Chemical Reporting Violations

Release Date: 08/17/2009
Contact Information: Graham Kirn, EPA Office of Air Waste and Toxics, 206-553-5810, kirn.graham@epa.gov Tony Brown, EPA Public Affairs, 206-553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Seattle, Wash. August 17, 2009) Two Puget Sound area boat manufacturers, Fluid Motion, LLC and Delta Marine Industries, reached agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pay fines for failure to submit timely reports of their use of the toxic chemical styrene to the Toxics Release Inventory. Both manufacturers are charged with violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Fluid Motion, LLC, located in Kent, Wash, will pay a penalty of $2,850 for failure to submit reports by the Toxics Release Inventory reporting deadline for its styrene use during the years 2004, 2006 and 2007. Styrene, a chemical component of resins used to manufacture boats, is released into the air during the spraying and curing process.

In addition to paying the fine, Fluid Motion, LLC will perform a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) valued at $10,700. The SEP requires Fluid Motion, LLC to purchase and install new equipment and to train employees in controlled spraying techniques that will reduce styrene emissions into the environment and surrounding community.

Delta Marine Industries, a yacht manufacturer located in Seattle, Wash., also failed to submit reports by the reporting deadline for its use of styrene for reporting years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007. The company agreed to pay a penalty of $37,050.

"The Toxics Release Inventory is a resource for the public, but it is not effective without accurate chemical reporting,” said Rick Albright, the Director of EPA’s Office of Air, Waste & Toxics in Seattle. “Accurate data in the Toxics Release Inventory allows the public to hold companies accountable and make informed decisions about toxic chemicals present in their communities.”

For additional information about the Toxics Release Inventory Program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/TRI/

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