DuPont agreed to pay a $3.3 million penalty after the Environmental Protection Agency determined that 57 studies the company previously failed to submit showed certain chemicals could present a health risk when inhaled, the EPA said Dec. 22.
The Toxic Substances Control Act requires companies to inform EPA when they have research demonstrating that a chemical could pose a substantial risk to human health and the environment.
DuPont notified EPA on May 5, 2006, that it had failed to submit chemical toxicity studies on rats as required by TSCA. DuPont later 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.