PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has announced Bayer CropScience LP will pay $5.6
million for penalty and safety improvements after allegations it violated
federal chemical accident prevention laws. The alleged violations occurred in
2008 at Bayer’s facility in Institute, West Virginia, where an explosion killed two
Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. of the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of West Virginia stated the evidence pointed to critical
safety deficiencies at the plant.
“We are very pleased with the court’s decision,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic regional administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “This settlement supports the need for
stronger worker safety and environmental protection measures involving the
handling and storage of hazardous chemicals at Bayer’s facility in Institute
and their other plants around the country.
It will also fund 15 protective community-based projects including
hazardous chemical cleanouts at 17 area high schools and provide response
equipment for responders in eight communities and two police departments.”
Bayer CropScience will spend $4.23 million to improve
emergency preparedness and response, as well as $452,000 on safety measures at its chemical storage facilities across the country. Additionally, it will pay $975,000 in penalties.