Activists protest outside Monsanto headquarters Creve Coeur, Missouri, January 30, 2015 Photo: Reuters
The U.S. based agrochemical company released harmful toxins into the atmosphere for over three years without reporting it.
Monsanto 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 Springs facilities, 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 under fire 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.
Dr. Patrick Moore, a lobbyist for Monsanto, claimed the company's Roundup weed killer was secure for humans to drink in big quantities refused to consume some himself when a French tv reporter offered it to him.
During an interview with French cable channel Canal+, Moore claimed that the active ingredient in the herbicide, glyphosate, was not causing cancer prices in Argentina to raise.
The interview comes soon after a report from the Globe Wellness Organization linking Roundup to cancer. Monsanto, which ranked as the fourth most-hated business in America earlier this year, denied this claim, demanding a retraction.
"You can drink a complete quart of it and it won't hurt you," he says.
But when the reporter told him that they had poured him a glass of the weed killer, he had to swallow his words when he refuses to swallow its contents.
"No, no, I'm not stupid," he says.
"So, it's hazardous?" the interviewer asks.
Then, Moore claims that Roundup is so secure that "persons attempt to commit suicide" by drinking it, and they "fail consistently."
"Tell the truth — it is risky," the interviewer presses.
"It's not dangerous to humans," Moore insists. "No, it is not."
"So, are you prepared to drink 1 glass?" the interviewer continues.
"No, I'm not an idiot," Moore says indignantly. "Interview me about golden rice — that is what I'm talking about."
At that point, Moore declares that the interview is "finished."
As he storms out of the area, he huffs, "You happen to be a jerk," below his breath.
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