EPA fines two boatbuilders


The Environmental Protection Agency fined two Washington-based boatbuilders, Fluid Motion LLC and Delta Marine Industries, for chemical reporting violations.

Both manufacturers are charged with violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act for failure to submit timely reports of their use of the toxic chemical styrene, according to the EPA.

Fluid Motion in Kent, Wash, will pay a penalty of $2,850 for failure to submit reports by the Toxics Release Inventory reporting deadline for styrene use in 2004, 2006 and 2007. The company also will perform a Supplemental Environmental Project valued at $10,700. The project requires Fluid Motion to purchase and install new equipment and to train employees in controlled spraying techniques that will reduce styrene emissions into the environment and surrounding community.

Delta Marine Industries, a Seattle-based luxury yacht builder, also failed to submit reports by the reporting deadline for styrene use in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007, according to the EPA. The company agreed to pay a penalty of $37,050.

"The Toxics Release Inventory is a resource for the public, but it is not effective without accurate chemical reporting," said Rick Albright, director of the EPA's Office of Air, Waste & Toxics in Seattle, in a statement. "Accurate data in the Toxics Release Inventory allows the public to hold companies accountable and make informed decisions about toxic chemicals present in their communities."

Click here for the EPA release.