Shell Settlement Nets Equipment for Guam Fire Department
The Guam Fire Department recently received $28,300 in personal protective equipment as the result of a settlement reached by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with Shell Guam for allegedly failing to submit required toxic chemical reports, a violation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
The basic personal protective equipment or “Turn Out Gear” is used by fire fighters to respond to all emergency situations.
Shell Guam agreed to enter into a settlement that includes a supplemental environmental project or SEP, that resulted in positive benefits for the island of Guam.
The company uses toxic chemicals, such as polycyclic aromatic compounds and naphthalene that are components of the fuel that is repackaged at the facility. Shell Guam failed to submit timely, complete, and correct Toxics Release Inventory reports to the EPA detailing the amounts of chemicals processed at its facility in 2007.