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UPDATED: LG Chem battery production stops in Holland
HOLLAND, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - LG Chem in Holland is putting the brakes on battery production.
The plant in Holland has been plagued by delays since it was built two years ago, but production started back in July.
It's building batteries for electric and hybrid cars.
Now, the plant is stopping production, because one of the components in its batteries needs to be approved by the EPA.
LG Chem expects that process to take about 6 weeks.
When contacted by Newschannel 3, LG Chem issued the following statement:
"LG Chem Michigan Inc. recently learned of an unexpected issue regarding a small component of the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products. An ingredient that we use in very small volume is required to be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency prior to use in U.S.-based commercial manufacturing. We discovered the possibility that this material may not be properly registered and made the decision to pause our production until we have that question resolved. The EPA inventory contains more than 84,000 substances, and the agency receives between 500 and 1,000 registration notices of this type each year so the inventory changes almost daily.
We are currently reviewing the registration status and will work with the EPA to resolve the issue quickly. In the meanwhile we are delaying production activities for approximately 6 weeks until we have confirmed the registration status or otherwise obtain approval from EPA. During this temporary situation our production team members will engage in continuous improvement projects, specialized training and maintaining readiness. We view this as a temporary issue and are very confident that we will proceed with production soon."