Birchwood Laboratories, Inc. Case Settles for $500,000.00

This page last reviewed November 9th, 2012.

Between August 2004 and December 2009, Birchwood Laboratories, Inc. supplied in California their Birchwood Gun Scrubber Solvent/Degreaser product that contained VOCs in excess of the 50% limit for General Purpose Degreasers. In addition, the product also contained trichloroethylene, a toxic air contaminant that is specifically prohibited in General Purpose Degreasers. Total excess emissions generated from the sale of the product amounted to 35.14 tons. The case was referred to the California Attorney General due to the magnitude of the violation and the unwillingness of the Birchwood’s representatives to negotiate a mutual settlement. After two rounds of unsuccessful mediation and initial ARB depositions, the case was settled prior Birchwood’s depositions or trial. A Stipulation for Entry of Judgment was filed with the court on July 26, 2012 and Birchwood was order to pay a penalty of $500,000.