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Report: Monsanto Released Toxic Chemicals Hundreds of Times Without Giving Proper Notifications

The Monsanto Company is once again dealing with negative publicity after it was announced that they have been fined by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice for the release of toxic cheicals into the environment without prior warning.

The incidents occurred at the company’s Soda Springs, Idaho facilities according to the Associated Press and resulted in a $600,000 fine (a paltry sum considering Monsanto’s vast profits).

Officials said that hazardous chemicals that can pose “serious health risks” were released during between 2006 and 2009 as hydogen cyanide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury were all given off.

According to the letter of the law companies are required to report such releases immediately.

“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,” federal officials said in a statement.

The Soda Springs facilities are operated by P4 Production LLC, a wholly owned Monsanto subsidiary. The company said it reconciled differences with the EPA, some as early as 2009, and received the EPA’s violation notice in May 2011.

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The Soda Springs plant in Idaho. Via Wikimedia.

“The protection of our employees, public health and the environment is always our No. 1 priority,” said Roger Gibson, P4’s vice president of operations. “As a long-time neighbor within the Soda Springs community, we care deeply about public health and the quality of our air, land and water, and we are committed to complying fully and transparently with all applicable laws and regulations.”

The company mines phosphate ore in southeastern Idaho which is then refined to make products including aviation fluids, herbicides and fire retardants, the AP report said.

Monsanto has also been in the news this week over a report that glyphosate is a likely carcinogen, but dodged a bullet when a lawsuit against it by the city of San Diego was ignored by the mainstream media.

Dr. Oz Discusses GMO’s On Upcoming Show

Update February 14, 2014 - Click Here To View The Full Segment 
On his show Thursday, February 13, Oz will explain what a GMO is, why GMOs increase the amount of pesticide on your food and the tricks to avoiding GMOs in your family’s food.
He will be joined by expert Scott Farber of the Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog organization.
Together they will reveal:
  • The percentage of foods in your supermarket made with GMOs
  • Why GMOs have led to increased use of pesticides – nearly one hundred million pounds of pesticides a year!
  • The food industry’s fight to stop GMO food labels
  • Why the food industry says labeling GMO foods will increase the cost of food
  • Scott’s tips to avoid GMO foods in the grocery store
  • Why paying attention to the PLU sticker on your produce may offer GMO clues

Founder of AltHealthWORKS, Nick Meyer states: "Dr. Oz has been known to "flip flop" at times on issues like whether organic is worth the money and vaccine safety, but overall he has brought some important issues to the mainstream"