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EPA Settlement with Superior Forge and Steel Corp Enforces Chemical Reporting Rule Designed to Protect Communities

Release Date: 01/16/2014
Contact Information: Donna Heron 215-814-5113 / heron.donna@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 16, 2014) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Superior Forge & Steel Corporation will pay a $61,673 penalty to settle alleged violations of toxic chemical reporting requirements at its forged steel production plants in New Castle, Pa., and Pittsburgh, Pa.

EPA cited the company for violating the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), a federal law designed to inform the public and emergency responders about hazardous and toxic chemicals in their communities. EPCRA requires facilities to submit annual reports on regulated chemicals, and routine and accidental chemical releases. The law also requires facilities to report on their hazardous chemicals to state and local emergency response agencies. This information helps communities and first responders to prepare for chemical emergencies.

According to EPA, Superior Forge did not submit timely annual reports for two toxic chemicals, chromium and lead, when the company processed these chemicals in amounts exceeding EPCRA reportable quantities (25,000 lbs. for chromium, 100 lb. for lead). EPA conducted the inspections after a review of Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data indicated that there was a gap in the data submitted by the company.

The alleged violations occurred at the New Castle facility in 2010 and 2011, and at the Pittsburgh facility in 2011.

As part of the settlement, the company did not admit liability for the alleged violations. The settlement penalty reflects the company's cooperation with EPA in resolving this matter, and complying with applicable EPCRA requirements.

For more information on EPCRA, visit http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/content/epcra/ EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory - a public, searchable database of toxic chemicals at thousands of facilities nationwide - is available at http://www.epa.gov/tri/