Missouri pesticide company exec pleads guilty

Monday, August 31, 2009 | 3:36 p.m. CDT; updated 3:42 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 31, 2009

KANSAS CITY — The vice president of St. Joseph-based HPI Products Inc. has pleaded guilty to failing to notify the government of illegally stored pesticides.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Hans Nielsen pleaded guilty Monday to two misdemeanor counts of violating parts of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. Nielsen could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Prosecutors say HPI Products stored pesticides and wastes in St. Joseph warehouses for more than 20 years.

Nielsen's plea is related to felony guilty pleas by HPI Products and its president, William Garvey, for violating the Clean Water Act by disposing of pesticide waste in St. Joseph sewers.


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