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Monsanto Chemical Company, Soda Springs, Idaho

The Monsanto Chemical Company, located in Soda Springs, Idaho, is a 540-acre chemical plant with a 260 acre buffer zone. This chemical plant, often called the Soda Springs plant, opened in 1952 to turn locally mined phosphate into elemental phosphorous. Phosphorous can be utilized in fertilizers, toothpaste, water treatment, and other products.

Pollution from Phosphorus Production

In a 1989 study performed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a hazards team examined several different areas of the plant to determine the amount of pollution created by the Soda Springs plant. The EPA found leaky machinery as well as unlined ponds, which allowed contaminants to leak into the groundwater. They discovered several harmful elements that had leaked into the groundwater, including:

  • Arsenic
  • Chromium
  • Cadmium

Because of this pollution, located very near to public drinking water sources, the EPA ranked the site as 30-40% more hazardous than the national average.

Asbestos Exposure

Besides releasing harmful elements, chemical plants also run the risk of leaking asbestos fibers into the atmosphere and water supply. Although asbestos was largely banned and phased-out beginning in the 1980s, plants built before this time, including the Monsanto Chemical Company, may still contain asbestos. As the plants age, the asbestos can break down and spread into the environment.

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Sadly, exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other serious health problems. If you have lived or worked near a chemical plant, you may have suffered from asbestos exposure. To learn more about this harmful substance and its related health issues, please fill out the contact form located at the top of the page and contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Hart today.

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