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Kansas City, Kansas - Cosmoflex, Inc., a manufacturer of rubber and plastic hoses and belts, has agreed to pay an $80,000 civil penalty to the United States to settle a series of violations of environmental regulations related to the public reporting of toxic chemicals at its manufacturing facility in Hannibal, Missouri.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted an inspection of Cosmoflex's facility in February 2011 and found the company had failed to make timely reports to EPA and the State of Missouri on certain quantities of toxic chemicals that were manufactured, processed or otherwise used at the facility during 2007, 2008 and 2009. Most of these were related to plastics and PVC operations.
The EPA said, â€œSubmission of the annual toxic chemical reports is a requirement of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Under EPCRA regulations, companies of certain size are required to submit annual reports to EPA and state authorities listing the amounts of regulated chemicals that their facilities release into the environment through routine activities or as a result of accidents. â€œ
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