The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered J.R. Simplot Company to pay $65,250 in fines resulting from pesticide safety issues. The fine comes after EPA discovered issues at the company’s Umatilla, Oregon and Moreland, Idaho facilities. Both facilities store large amounts of pesticides.
EPA found a 12-inch hole in the floor of one of the company’s Idaho warehouses. The concern is that this hole near the piping could allow liquid pesticide to leak into the ground under the warehouse. The warehouse is currently located approximately 1,000 feet from the Umatilla River, not far from the entrance Columbia River. The Idaho and Oregon facilities
The Idaho facility was involved in a settlement stemming from pesticide spills that had solidified on the ground that created possible exposure for the warehouse workers.
The Director of EPA Region 10’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division said “Pesticides facilities have a responsibility to ensure their products are safely stored so that the people working there and living nearby are not exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals.”
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