Pasco seed company fined $20K for pesticide waste spread
PASCO, Wash. (AP) — State officials say a Pasco seed company has been fined $20,000 after a pesticide waste spread that potentially exposed people and the environment.
The Tri-City Herald reported Monday that Syngenta Seeds, which has a 40-acre campus, was fined by the Washington State Department of Ecology under a settlement agreement reached this month.
The waste was classified by the state as an “extremely hazardous toxic waste” and a “persistent dangerous waste.”
Syngenta said a problem happened on March 21 when a gate on a dust collector would not close the last half inch because of some trapped material.
The company had other violations, including no plan to submit a written report to the Department of Ecology within 15 days of a spill.
Syngenta now is in compliance with state regulations and as part of the settlement waived its right to appeal.
Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com