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DuPont fails to report toxic chemical studies

DuPont has agreed to pay a penalty of $3.3 million to resolve 57 violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

DuPont failed notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of research showing that substantial risk was found during testing chemicals for possible use as surface protection, masonry protection, water repellants, sealants, and paints. The act requires companies to inform EPA when they have research indicating that a chemical could pose a substantial risk to human health and the environment.

On May 5, 2006, DuPont notified EPA that it had failed to submit chemical toxicity studies on rats as required by the act. On July 12, 2006, DuPont submitted studies that contained information on chemical toxicity when certain chemicals are inhaled.

EPA determined that 57 of the studies contained information on chemicals that could present a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment.

 Copyright 2010, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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