PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Compounder and resin maker Teknor Apex Co. has agreed with the federal EPA that it is guilty of ``management deficiencies'' for not reporting its production of toxic chemicals. No release of chemicals to the environment, legal or illegal, is involved in the settlement of a five-year dispute between Teknor Apex and the Environmental Protection Agency, which as-sessed a fine one-tenth the size of the $324,000 originally sought by the government.
As part of the agreement, Teknor Apex will start a $300,000 program to reduce pollution at its Attleboro, Mass., plant. The agreement also involved the firm's admission to not reporting toxic materials production at its Brownsville, Tenn., plant.
Johnathan D. Fain, Teknor Apex president, noted ``We got a reduction in fines because we worked with the government.''
A number of mistakes in reporting came about from judgment calls about the requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act, under which the charges were made. Others resulted from using calendar year dates, rather than fiscal year dates, as a basis of reporting, he said.
The violations in question occurred in 1989 through 1991. EPA alleged the firm did not submit proper or complete reports by the filing deadline. Fain said the company chose to settle ``to get it behind us. It's their ballgame, their cards, their rules.''
EPA New England office spokeswoman Alice Kaufman said the settlement only involved ``management deficiencies'' by the company in its reporting schedule. The requirements help EPA manage information about chemical production in the United States, Kaufman said.
Thomas T. Olivier, senior assistant regional counsel at the EPA's New England office in Boston, said under TSCA, keeping track of chemical production keeps EPA informed about potential harm to the environment.