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US EPA cites eight California companies for chemical safety violations

October 01, 2019 / chemicalwatch

The US EPA has ordered eight companies based in California to pay fines for violations of the federal Clean Air Act’s (CAA's) chemical safety requirements. According to a 24 September press release, all violations have been corrected under the EPA’s expedited settlements policy, which is used to address "minor, easily correctable" issues.  The CAA requires certain industrial sites to "design and maintain safe facilities and minimise the consequences of releases." The companies were cited for violations such as failing to design and maintain safe facilities, or failing to post information on hazardous substances for employees. "These actions ensure that facilities handling dangerous materials are minimising potential impacts to the environment and the surrounding community," said Mike Stoker, the agency’s Southwest regional administrator.