(AP) — Monsanto Corporation has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for hundreds of uncontrolled releases of dangerous chemicals at its phosphate plant in eastern Idaho. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced the agreement Thursday involving the company's facilities in Soda Springs.
Federal officials say the chemicals released are hazardous and can pose serious health risks to workers and the community. 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 subsidiary of Monsanto. The company in a statement says it cares deeply about public health and is committed to complying with applicable laws.