The chemical industry is expected to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the federal government over its handling of chemicals used in industrial chemical solutions.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Baltimore is the latest move by the industry to assert its claim for compensation after the Obama administration in 2014 ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to make public its chemical contamination report on a number of industrial chemicals.
The EPA reported that as many as 10 million gallons of industrial chemical used in cleaning products and industrial cooking oil may have been contaminated with chemicals linked to cancer.
“The EPA’s actions under the Clean Water Act, including its 2015 decision to not release the complete report, were unlawful and violated the law, which prohibits federal agencies from interfering with private businesses’ rights to make and use their own chemical pollution prevention measures,” said the lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Chemical Industry Organization, the chemical industry’s trade association.
“Under these principles, EPA should have released the complete Chemical Pollution Report in June 2018 and given the industry and the public access to it,” the chemical companies’ complaint said. “
In the past, the industry has filed lawsuits seeking to get the report released under the federal Freedom of Information Act. “
Under these principles, EPA should have released the complete Chemical Pollution Report in June 2018 and given the industry and the public access to it,” the chemical companies’ complaint said.
In the past, the industry has filed lawsuits seeking to get the report released under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
But in response to the EPA decision in June to withhold a complete chemical report, the Chemical Industries Association and the American Chemistry Council filed an amicus brief in support of the industry in the federal court.
“Our business is the safest industry on earth, and we will continue to work to get this information released to the public, as we did for the original chemical pollution case,” said Steven W. Osterholm, the head of the chemical industries group.
The chemicals industry’s suit is expected not to have any immediate impact on the Trump administration’s plans to overhaul the federal chemical safety rules, which have already been criticized by the American Chemical Society and the National Chemicals Association.
In addition to the chemical chemicals group, other industry groups are represented in the suit include the Chemical Manufacturers Association, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Society of Industrial Chemists.
The chemical industries association, which represents about 100 chemical manufacturers and chemical suppliers, is expected on Wednesday to file its own lawsuit in federal district court in Maryland.