New Jersey Manufacturer Agrees to Reduce Harmful Emissions

WASHINGTON—Colorite Specialty Resins, headquartered in Somerville, N.J., has agreed to perform corrective measures at its Burlington, N.J., manufacturing facility that will reduce harmful emissions of vinyl chloride to resolve alleged violations of federal and state environmental laws, the Justice Department, the State of New Jersey, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

Along with the corrective remedies, Colorite will pay a $1.3 million civil penalty to be split between the United States and the State of New Jersey. Colorite will also perform two federal environment projects valued at over $1 million that will further reduce vinyl chloride emissions from the facility. Colorite’s facility manufactures PVC plastic and vinyl products. As part of its manufacturing processes, the facility emits vinyl chloride. EPA has classified vinyl chloride as a Group A human carcinogen. Exposure to the chemical has been linked to adverse human health effects, including liver cancer, other liver ailments, and neurological disorders. More...