Eastman Chemical Resins to Pay $2.4M for Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania

May 26, 2023

Eastman Chemical Resins Inc. will pay a $2.4 million penalty for environmental violations at the sprawling 56-acre manufacturing facility in West Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, that is now owned and operated by Synthomer Jefferson Hills, the Environmental Protection Agency announced.

Along with the financial penalty being paid by Eastman, Synthomer has agreed to take actions to eliminate ongoing violations and prevent future violations.

The settlement addresses alleged federal and state environmental law violations that have occurred since 2017, which threaten to degrade receiving streams and impact public health and harm aquatic life and the environment.

EPA Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz said the actions required by this settlement will help ensure that the facility “operates in a manner that is protective of environmental resources and the health of nearby communities.”

The company will review stormwater discharges and groundwater contamination and ensure compliance with environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and parallel Pennsylvania laws.

The chemical producing facility is bordered on the southeast by the Monongahela River and bisected by a tributary to that river.