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article imageMissouri pharma company fined $2.5 million for polluting river

By Tim Sandle     Mar 19, 2013 in Environment
The pharma company Teva has been fined by U.S. authorities for pumping a fluorescent green discharge into a river at its plant in northeast Missouri.
The company Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. makes antibiotics at a plant outside of Mexico, Missouri, about 120 miles northwest of St. Louis. In 2008, Pharmalot reports, it was found that the company had allowed a fluorescent green discharge to seep into the nearby Salt River. The discharge was traced through the river, discoloring the water as it flowed all the way to Mark Twain Lake, located some 22 miles away from the plant.
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA is a division of Teva Industries Ltd., based in Israel.
Following an investigation, federal officials, through Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, have announced that the company is to pay a fine of $2.25 million. Koster said on his website: “Missourians have a right to expect local businesses to comply with environmental laws designed to protect the state's valuable water resources”.
Previously the U.S. Environmental protection Agency (EPA) had cited air pollution, water pollution and wastewater violations in relation to the Teva plant, according to a statement on the EPA site.
In response, Teva have said in a statement, reported on by The Republic, that the issues leading to the penalty "have been addressed and the facility is operating in compliance with all relevant environmental laws. Additionally, the site continues to take proactive steps to reduce its environmental footprint."
In addition to the fine, Teva are to fund more than $2.5 million for anti-pollution upgrades at the plant. The company also will pay the state $150,000 for things such as investigation costs and damage to natural resources.
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