Connecticut Company Settles Claims About Chemical Reporting Lapses with EPA at Man U N.H. Facility

Published Date : Aug 06, 2015

East Hartford, Conn stores the petroleum products and many other flammable liquids at various facilities in New England. This is an EPA settlement with BWE, Inc. to help ensure that various community and emergency responders possess the right information. This information will help them plan better for accidents and protect themselves against the dangerous materials.  

BWE is willing to pay $82,200 in order to settle the claims. The company failed to file the regular chemical inventory reports needed by a federal law. This law binds the company under the right-to-know. BWE stores the chemical and petroleum products and many other flammable liquids in the warehouses of New England. The company is willing to pay the penalty too in order to settle the claims which violated the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA) placed in Manchester, N.H. facility. 

The overall case is based on the inspection by EPA at the facility in West Rutland in May 2012. There are some other additional investigations too regarding the compliance with the required standard requirements at the company’s many other facilities, also including Manchester. 

EPA allegedly reported that the company failed to report the hazardous chemicals present at the MAN U facility by the requested deadlines in 2012 and 2013. Some of the specific requirements contained Tier II forms under the EPCRA Sections 311 and 312. 

Under the settlement the company has certified that it is now compliant with the federal reporting requirements and the products stored and distributed by BWE are utilized in automobiles, trucks, and industry. 

Chemicals at the Man U facility include methanol and diesel fuel. Diesel fuel is flammable and so is methanol. Thus, both these chemicals require emergency response due to the way they burn.  
Lack of the chemical inventory information can compromise response and proper emergency planning set by the local officials, commented regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.