EPA Fines Company for Withholding Info on Toxic Chromium

November 20, 2013

A New Jersey chemical company will have to pay a $2.6 million fine for failing to disclose information about the toxicity of hexavalent chromium to workers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in a November 14, 2013, press release that Elementis Chromium, one of the world's largest producers of chromium, had violated the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

EPA's enforcement office had filed a complaint in September 2012 before the agency's Office of Administrative Law Judges. The complaint said Elementis had failed to report results of an industry-commissioned study showing significant health effects of chromium on workers. An EPA administrative law judge upheld the complaint and assessed the fine in a November 12, 2013, decision.