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March 12, 2024

EPA Announces Settlement with Haifa North America to Resolve Alleged TSCA Reporting Violations

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on March 6, 2024, a settlement requiring Haifa North America, Inc. (Haifa) to pay a civil penalty of $664,267 “for violations of chemical data reporting regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).” EPA states that it alleged that Haifa failed to submit a data report required under TSCA for 32 chemical substances that Haifa had imported between 2016 and 2019. According to EPA, Haifa imports “various chemicals for businesses that formulate specialty fertilizers and plant nutrition solutions for agricultural applications.”

EPA notes that companies are required to provide information on the chemicals they manufacture or import into the United States for commercial purposes. EPA states that it uses the data “to help assess the potential human health and environmental effects of these chemicals and makes the non-confidential business information available to the public.” According to EPA, “Haifa’s failure to submit the required reports presented a potential harm to the EPA’s ability to maintain accurate and updated information regarding commercially-produced chemicals.” The settlement agreement resolves the alleged violations and requires payment of a $664,267 civil penalty within 30 days.