EPA fines California pesticide distributor

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 4, 2009 at 11:31 AM

 

BOISE -- The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a California company nearly $100,000 for 21 alleged violations of federal pesticide laws.

The agency says Wilber-Ellis Co., a national distributor of agricultural products, has agreed to pay $99,600 to resolve allegations that emerged from investigations in Idaho, Arizona, the Navajo Nation and the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.

The EPA says investigators in Arizona discovered that a Wilbur-Ellis facility was distributing and selling a misbranded pesticide. In a separate investigation, a Fort Mojave inspector found a pesticide product with a label lacking several key safety elements.

And Navajo Nation and Idaho inspectors found several other violations, including cases when company-hired applicators failed to wear protective gear and other cases of misbranded pesticides, including one highly toxic product.

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