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U.S. EPA settles with Fremont, Calif. industrial safety products company for failing to submit timely toxic reports

Release Date: 10/11/2005
Contact Information: Mark Merchant, (415) 947-4297

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has settled a case with a Fremont company over its failure to submit timely Toxics Release Inventory reporting forms as required by the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

Scientific Technologies, Inc., which is located on Dumbarton Circle in Fremont, was required to report the amount of lead released in 2001 and 2002 at the facility in its yearly TRI forms to the EPA.

Scientific Technologies designs, manufactures, and distributes electrical and electronic industrial safety controls such as photoelectric and fiber optic sensors, control components, power monitoring electronics, defense electronics and industrial control microcomputers. Lead is used in its manufacturing process.

Companies processing more than 100 pounds of lead in a year are required to report releases of the chemical to the EPA, but Scientific Technologies failed to file timely TRI Reports disclosing the releases of lead that the facility processed in above-threshold quantities in 2001 and 2002.

Scientific Technologies voluntarily disclosed its violations to the EPA once the company discovered them. The company also cooperated with the EPA during its investigation and agreed to pay a $29,830 fine for the violations.

“Companies need to know they are required to report toxic chemical release information, so that its available to communities, states, and emergency responders,” said Enrique Manzanilla, director of the Communities and Ecosystems Division in the EPA’s San Francisco regional office.

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