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SWVA, Inc. Settles Toxic Chemical Reporting Violations at Huntington, W.V. facility

Release Date: 10/11/2005
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

PHILADELPHIA – SWVA, Inc. has settled alleged violations of federal toxic chemical reporting requirements at its cold steel manufacturing plant in Huntington, W.V., the U.S. Environmental Protection announced today.

EPA cited SWVA for violating the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), which requires companies that manufacture, use or process more than a threshold amount of listed toxic chemicals to file an annual toxic chemical release form with EPA and the state.

Companies must also report both routine and accidental releases of toxic chemicals, as well as the maximum amount of any listed chemicals at the facility and the amount contained in wastes transferred off-site. For more information on EPA’s toxic release inventory, visit

In a consent agreement with EPA, SWVA agreed to pay a $45,000 penalty for its alleged failure to timely report its 2002 releases of nickel, lead and manganese. Please note: This case involves reporting violations, and not an unlawful release of these chemicals.

The settlement penalty reflects the company’s cooperation with EPA’s inspection of its plant and prompt compliance efforts. The company agreed to resolve this matter without issuance of a formal complaint.

As part of the settlement, the company neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but has certified that it is now in compliance with EPCRA requirements.