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EPA seeks to fine chemical giant nearly $5M for Hawaii case
Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2016 6:16 PM EST | Audrey McAvoy

Posted on 12/15/2016 7:23:23 PM PST by Olog-hai

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it’s seeking nearly $5 million in fines against a unit of the Swiss chemical giant Syngenta for the company’s alleged violations of pesticide regulations in Hawaii.

The violations allegedly occurred on Jan. 20 at Syngenta Seeds’ crop research farm on Kauai where workers entered a field recently sprayed with a restricted insecticide. The EPA said 10 workers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Syngenta failed to tell the workers to avoid the fields, and then allowed them to enter the fields without protective gear, the agency said. Further, the EPA said Syngenta failed to provide adequate decontamination supplies at the farm and supply prompt transportation for emergency medical care. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: epa; kauai; pesticides; syngenta

1 posted on 12/15/2016 7:23:23 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Obama busting his own GMO Hucksters... hmm.
Something Fishy here.


2 posted on 12/15/2016 7:39:10 PM PST by acapesket (all happy now?)
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To: Olog-hai

If what is reported really happened, the a fine is in order, plus free lifetime medical for the workers.


3 posted on 12/15/2016 7:49:50 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: VanShuyten

Let the state do it and the EPA be gone.


4 posted on 12/15/2016 7:51:15 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Ironically, the pesticide was not a Syngenta product. Lorsban is produced by Dow and was probably being used in developmental benchmarking research.

The claim that the company “failed to tell the workers to avoid the fields, and then allowed them to enter the fields without protective gear” is highly suspect, in my view.

In full disclosure, I work for Syngenta. PPE and safety communication are ubiquitous. When contract workers are used (as it sounds that they were), however, it is often difficult to instill an equal appreciation and adherence to safety policies. Not saying that’s what happened here, just that there is probably far more to the story.


5 posted on 12/15/2016 8:17:24 PM PST by Se˝or Presidente
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To: Se├▒or Presidente

At this point in the discussion, I agree with you.


6 posted on 12/15/2016 9:23:30 PM PST by Islander2 (Some of us are here because we are not all there.)
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To: Olog-hai

When is the EPA going to pay for dumping toxic waste into a river that runs thru several western states???


7 posted on 12/15/2016 9:39:02 PM PST by Dr. Zzyzx (And)
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To: Se├▒or Presidente
Señor Presidente :" In full disclosure, I work for Syngenta. PPE and safety communication are ubiquitous."

Isn't Syngenta in talks now about buying Monsanto (seed genetics, GMO, and pesticides) ?

8 posted on 12/15/2016 10:30:36 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Immigration is a priveledge ,.... not a right ! Tell that to O'Bungler and the U.N.)
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To: Olog-hai

Tryinda grab alla green dey can before dey get drained!


9 posted on 12/15/2016 11:03:42 PM PST by karnage
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To: Se├▒or Presidente

I’m sure no trespassing was done and this couldn’t have been a pre-planned ambush that went wrong (or maybe just as intended).


10 posted on 12/16/2016 4:32:07 AM PST by BipolarBob
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To: Olog-hai

I did not know that EPA would have jurisdiction in a case like this; I would think OSHA would.


11 posted on 12/16/2016 8:28:43 AM PST by suthener
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Monsanto actually attempted two unsuccessful buyouts of Syngenta in 2015, but Syngenta rejected both offers.

Chem China mad a successful bid for Syngenta in late 2015, and the acquisition is still in progress.

I believe another top-five Ag company (Dow?) has recently announced they are purchasing Monsanto.


12 posted on 12/17/2016 4:50:08 AM PST by Se˝or Presidente
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To: Se├▒or Presidente

Bayer acquired Monsanto.


13 posted on 12/17/2016 5:01:08 AM PST by mewzilla (I'll vote for the first guy who promises to mail in his SOTU addresses.)
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