Years Of Benzene Imports Go Unreported By Chevron Phillips

May 21, 2021
Report states that Chevron Phillips imported toxic benzene into the U.S. for several years without reporting it to regulators as required by law.

Chevron Phillips failed to disclose years of benzene imports as required by law, according to an article from Reuters. The watchdog group Center For Environmental Health (CEH) accuses the petrochemical joint venture between Chevron and Phillips 66 of importing more than 350 million pounds of the product without reporting it to the EPA from the years 2013 to 2015. According to the article, Chevron Phillips imported additional significant quantities of the chemical through 2020. 

CEH reportedly threatened to sue the company for allegedly violating the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act, which requires that significant imports of dangerous chemicals be reported. The company has since filed paperwork to correct the issue. Benzene is considered a carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Environmental Protection Agency said in the article that it does not release whether or not enforcement actions are underway.

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