Boehringer, a company in St. Joseph, MO that makes vaccines for pets has been fined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for mishandling mercury which they use in their vaccines.
Boehringer Ingelheim will pay more than $68,000 for mishandling mercury waste in St. Joseph.
The company will also build a $300,000 state-of-the-art hazardous waste storage facility as part of its agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
According to the EPA, inspectors found several violations at the company’s St. Joseph facilities in 2010.
The violations include storing mercury without a permit, sending mercury waste to a non-authorized facility and transporting hazardous waste without a license.
Boehringer uses mercury as part of its vaccine production process.