Arizona electronics company fined for reporting violations
The United States Environmental Protection Agency reached
a $46,300 settlement with the Rockford Corporation of Tempe, Arizona
for failing to submit toxic chemical reports, a violation of the Emergency
Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
Rockford Corporation failed to submit timely, complete, and correct reports
detailing the amounts of lead compounds processed at its facility from
2002 through 2004. Rockford Corporation, which manufactures circuit boards
for car radios, self-disclosed their violations, but failed to satisfy
EPA’s Audit Policy.
“Facilities that process particularly toxic chemicals, such as lead compounds,
must follow reporting rules to ensure area residents and emergency response
personnel are informed of possible chemical hazards locally,” said Enrique
Manzanilla, Communities and Ecosystems Division Director, for the EPA’s
Pacific Southwest region. “This penalty should remind others that we
are maintaining a close watch over chemical reporting practices and are
serious about enforcing community right-to-know laws.”
Although the Rockford Corporation did not release lead compounds into
the environment, it was required to report lead compound processing to
the EPA because the facility was over the applicable reporting thresholds
from 2002 through 2004. The company failed to submit reports to the agency
in a timely manner for any of those years.