Monsanto's version of environmental stewardship
The company whose public radio spots claim it helps the environment has been illegally dumping heavy metals in Idaho:
Federal regulators said Thursday an Idaho mine that Monsanto Co. depends on to make its Roundup weed killer has violated federal and state water quality laws almost since it opened, sending selenium and other heavy metals into the region’s waterways.
Apparently the Bureau of Land Management, which with the EPA is part of the Dept. of Interior, has been somewhat complicit in this:
…the mine has been unable to stop discharges of heavy metal-laden water from a waste dump, despite BLM conclusions nearly a decade ago that precautions wouldn’t “allow selenium or other contaminants to migrate…”
This has real implications for the lives of animals and the welfare of ranchers in the area:
In the 1990s, sheep and horses died from selenium poisoning related to mining elsewhere in southeastern Idaho’s rich phosphate belt.
Read more about Monsanto’s ugly history here.
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