AKRON, OH – According to an investigative report, Emerald Performance Materials, the chemical manufacturing company whose plant exploded this week in Akron, has a rocky history with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The report reveals that over the course of several years, Emerald Performance Materials has had to pay over $200,000 in fines for health and safety violations at the Akron plant. The EPA enforced sanctions on the plant in 2011 when it was found that several chemical leaks had gone unnoticed; a major hazard to Akron’s communities. The EPA also filed a lawsuit against the company over its contribution to air pollution due to the company’s chemical production, which gives off carcinogenic pollutants. In that case, Emerald Performance Materials was ordered to pay $90,070. It sued Emerald again in 2016 for similar reasons, requiring that $100,000 be paid in penalties.
Since 2011, the manufacturer has also been in trouble with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, which has issued 12 citations to the Emerald since then. The citations required the company to pay $44,400 in total.
Thankfully, during the explosion, no employees were hurt. As of now, the incident is still under investigation, with the cause of the explosion unknown.