US phosphate miner P4 Production to pay $1.4m EPA fine

21 April 2011 18:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US phosphate rock miner P4 Production has agreed to pay a $1.4m (€966,000) civil penalty for alleged selenium pollution at a mine in southeast Idaho, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday.

P4 Production is a phosphorus mining and processing company owned by Monsanto, operating near Soda Springs, Idaho.

P4 allegedly discharged selenium and heavy metals in wastewater from its phosphate mining and processing operations without a permit. The wastewater allegedly ended up in a tributary of the Snake River.

In addition to the penalty, P4 will spend an estimated $875,000 to monitor its wastewater and to prevent pollutants from entering local waters.

Monsanto uses phosphate to manufacture Roundup herbicide.

Monsanto did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

The EPA said the public has 30 days to comment before the settlement is entered into the District Court of Idaho record.

($1 = €0.69)

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