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Excerpt: "The U.S. based agrochemical company released harmful toxins into the atmosphere for over three years without reporting it."

Monsanto phosphorus plant, Soda Springs, Idaho. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Monsanto phosphorus plant, Soda Springs, Idaho. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)


Monsanto Pays $600,000 for Failing to Disclose Use of Toxins

By teleSUR

30 March 15

 

The U.S. based agrochemical company released harmful toxins into the atmosphere for over three years without reporting it.

onsanto has agreed to pay US$600,000 in fines to federal regulators for not reporting the release of severe toxic chemicals from its Idaho plant between the years 2006 and 2009.

The agrochemical company reached a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice earlier this week for the toxins released from the Soda Springsfacilities, a Monsanto subsidiary.

According to federal officials, the plant was emitting hydrogen cyanide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury in the three year time period. The chemicals could cause serious damage to the environment and the health of local residents.

“Each of these chemicals are hazardous and can pose serious health risks to workers and the community if mishandled or released in an uncontrolled manner,” said federal officials in a statement released Thursday.

Companies are required by law to report the release of such chemicals immediately, however managers at the Soda Springs Facilities failed to do so.

Monsanto has been underfire before for releasing toxic chemicals into the environment and exposing residents to cancer causing chemicals.

Last week, the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer released a report saying the world's most used herbicide, which is produced by Monsanto, “probably causes cancer.”

The $600,000 is not expected to burn a hole in the multimillion dollar company's pocket. In the fiscal year of 2013, the company reported over $1.5 billion in profit.


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+21 # tedrey 2015-03-30 09:26
I would wager that:
A) The CEO of Monsanto makes more than $600,000 a year, (but doesn't pay a cent of this fine himself).
B) No manager will personally pay any of this fine, or be found liable personally in any way. (Some underlings may be laid off for cosmetic reasons, and for embarrassing the company.)
B) Not a cent of the fine goes to persons who may have been damaged, but it all stays with the regulators.
Please correct me if I am mistaken.
 
 
+18 # Kev C 2015-03-30 10:32
I can confirm that this is the probable outcome. I personally want to know what the deal included. Did they insist that Monsanto clean up the environment impacted by these toxins? No! Did they insist that the company implement a health monitoring program on the health and development of the people living in and around the impacted area with particular attention being paid to low income families living downwind of the facility? No! Did they insist that the company pay reparations to those harmed by the release of these toxins? No! First they would need to identify people harmed and that would mean a program of health monitoring etc. However you can bet that if any harm is discovered within the populations around the area it will be the tax payers who foot the bill and the people who pay the medical costs. All further action against Monsanto has been nullified by this deal. No further reparations can be clawed back for subsequent injuries to people or damage to the environment.
In essence I would have to conclude that this was a mere cosmetic court action curtailed before a full hearing to avoid any unnecessary and embarrassing questions. In fact the cosmetic nature was so that people would believe that justice had been done, which it clearly has not.
One day we will have real justice.
 
 
+7 # chapdrum 2015-03-30 13:12
A fine of $600,000 is less than chump change - on top which Monsanto's insurer will pay the fine (standard operating procedure within industry).
 
 
+3 # RLF 2015-03-31 05:31
Exactly Chap...for 3 years of spewing shit! The people downwind should burn the plant to the ground!
 
 
+7 # Farafalla 2015-03-30 13:33
Monsanto is the world's most evil corporation. When you realize that they want to take over the world of seeds and replace cultivars that are tens of thousands of years old with their own patented and privatized seeds, you know you are dealing with a reckless greedy company that should never have survived Agent Orange.
 
 
+4 # angelfish 2015-03-30 15:14
Wowee-WOW, $600,000.00! What a munificent sum! What is that, about 30 minutes worth of the CEO's daily salary? WHEN will those who HAVE the power to rein in these purveyors of Poison DO something serious, like fine them a PAINFUL amount so they DON'T continue in their wicked, WICKED ways? THIS is ludicrous!
 
 
+6 # Street Level 2015-03-30 16:15
For a paltry fine as $600K, why would they disclose their polluting? It's far cheaper to pay the fine that deal with properly disposing of their toxic waste.
They just haven't figured out a model like the fertilizer companies who sell their toxic waste to municipalities and call it "beneficial" fluoride.
 
 
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-03-30 17:01
How about some prison time. Might be an incentive for them to stop. Boycott the companies that are killing us. They won't change. WE MUST
 
 
+2 # dsepeczi 2015-03-31 10:11
Quoting PABLO DIABLO:
How about some prison time. Might be an incentive for them to stop. Boycott the companies that are killing us. They won't change. WE MUST


Many of us would love to but Monsanto has even sued some states over the states' right to label GMO foods. Monsanto, through its lobbies and our politicians, has already preemptively taken actions to protect itself from any consumer blowback. :(
 

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