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Chemical Company to Pay $1.4M in Civil Penalties

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 4:51am
the Associated Press

DOVER, Ohio (AP) — The Justice Department says a chemical company has agreed to pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for the unauthorized manufacturing of certain substances at plants in Ohio and Indiana.

Authorities say the government and Dover Chemical Corp. entered a proposed settlement Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Akron. The company has agreed to stop making short-chain chlorinated paraffins, which can cause cancer and genetic and nervous system problems in humans. The company will submit other chlorinated paraffin products to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for review.

Chlorinated paraffins are used in products such as lubricants, plastics and paints.

The settlement involves plants in Dover and in Hammond, Ind. It faces court approval.

The Dover-based company says the settlement doesn't amount to an admission of liability. It says the settlement was "in the best interest of the local community, our company, our employees and our customers."

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