4 N.E. companies resolve alleged chemical reporting violations with EPA

PROVIDENCE – Atlantic Footcare in North Smithfield, Smith & Wesson in Springfield, Mass., Masters Machine Co. in Round Pond, Maine, and Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, have settled their alleged violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act with the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to report toxic chemical usage, the EPA announced Tuesday.

Part of the EPCRA, the Toxic Release Inventory program under the EPA requires that businesses using toxic chemicals must report this information to allow officials to access data of the chemicals used and released in their communities. Following EPA inspections, the four companies have filed these mandatory reports, improved their compliance with TRI rules and paid a civil penalty.

Atlantic Footcare, which makes shoe inserts and prosthetics, was the only Rhode Island-based company involved in the settlement. The North Smithfield business allegedly failed to file its TRI files in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and agreed to pay a $49,375 penalty.

Haley Hunt is a PBN contributing writer.

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