Monsanto Company resolves case regarding the 2014 application and storage of Penncap-M®
Monsanto Company has entered into agreements with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) pursuant to which the Company will make community payments totaling $4.0 million to agencies in Hawaii and pay approximately $6.2 million in additional fines, plead guilty to one violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), receive two years of probation, and enter into a two-year deferred prosecution agreement regarding two violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). These agreements have been filed with a federal court in Hawaii and are subject to approval by the court.
The matter relates generally to the 2014 application and storage of Penncap-M in Hawaii by Monsanto Company. Monsanto Company reported the 2014 Penncap-M application to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Monsanto Company did not live up to its own standards or the applicable laws. Monsanto Company is not aware of any reported human health or environmental impacts as a result of these incidents.
“The health and safety of our community, employees and environment have always been our number one priority,” said Darren Wallis, Bayer Vice President of Communications, North America. “As stewards of the land, it is our responsibility to use agriculture products safely and to manage our waste correctly. We take this very seriously and accept full responsibility for our actions. We have taken steps to improve internal processes and implemented additional training. We did not live up to our own standards or the law. We have acknowledged this as part of our agreements with the Department of Justice, which are pending in federal district court. We accept responsibility and are deeply sorry.”