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Agency: Monsanto to pay $600K in fines for not reporting chemical releases at Idaho plant

BOISE, Idaho – Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of dangerous chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the agreement involving the biotechnology company’s Soda Springs facilities.

Federal officials say the chemicals released are hazardous and can pose serious health risks.

Federal officials say the releases occurred between 2006 and 2009, with the plant emitting hydrogen cyanide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury. Companies are required to report such releases immediately.

The Soda Springs facilities are operated by P4 Production LLC, a wholly owned Monsanto subsidiary.

The company says in a statement that it cares deeply about public health and is committed to complying with applicable laws.