EPA Reaches Agreement with Ohio Chemical Company, includes $239,800 Penalty

EPA resolves an administrative complaint against Ashta Chemicals Inc. alleging the company violated clean air and pesticide regulations.

Region 5 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with Ashta Chemicals Inc. that resolves an EPA administrative complaint alleging the company violated clean air and pesticide regulations.

The alleged violations occurred at the company's chemical manufacturing plant in Ashtabula, Ohio. EPA assessed a $239,800 penalty.

EPA's complaint alleged that the Ashta plant failed to: comply with emission limits on particulates (smoke, ash, dust); properly operate its emission controls; meet installation permit conditions; maintain hydrogen boiler stack discharge temperatures; and use required air pollution control technology.

In addition, EPA alleged Ashta produced a pesticide in an unregistered establishment, kept incomplete records, distributed false, misleading and misbranded pesticide products, and failed to submit annual pesticide reports for three years.

According to EPA, Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can cause health problems for children, the elderly, and people with heart and lung diseases.

edited by Sandy Smith ([email protected])

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