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US agency, Kauai seed company settle on pesticide violations

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Syngenta Seeds LLC to resolve federal pesticide violations at the company's farm on Kauai.

Under the agreement reached Monday, Syngenta will pay a civil penalty of $150,000. The company also will have to spend $400,000 on 11 worker protection training sessions for agricultural workers in Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Alexis Strauss, the agency's acting regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said the settlement "will bring to Hawaii and Pacific Island growers much-needed training to protect agricultural workers."

Syngenta spokesman Paul Minehart said "agricultural worker safety is a top priority for Syngenta and safe use training has for many years been an integral part of the way the company does business worldwide."

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