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EPA Accuses Syngenta of Harming Hawaiian Farmworkers

Dec. 15, 2016, 11:19 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking $4.8 million from pesticide company Syngenta Hawaii LLC for allegedly violating the agency’s rules protecting farmworkers.

The company’s subsidiary in Hawaii failed to notify 19 workers that a field had been sprayed with the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a toxic insecticide that can trigger headaches, nausea, and in some cases, paralysis and death, the EPA claims. Ten of those workers were treated at a nearby hospital.

The EPA filed the complaint Dec. 14 in the agency’s San Francisco-based Region 9 office.

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