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Two Pesticide Manufacturers Fined for Violating Federal Regulations

Release Date: 10/24/2005
Contact Information: Chad Schulze
(206) 553-0505

October 24, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued Consent Agreement and Final Orders (CAFO) to two companies for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The McGregor Company of Colfax, Washington was cited for failing to report a pesticide in an annual production report. Libertas Now, Inc. of Washington, D.C. was cited for failure to properly label a pesticide imported into Washington State.

According to EPA officials:

The McGregor Company produces pesticides in twenty-eight locations across Idaho, Oregon and Washington State. In June 2004, the Washington Department of Agriculture inspected McGregor’s Waitsburg, Washington facility. The inspectors found that the facility was producing a pesticide called Harmony Extra XP. McGregor’s 2004 annual pesticide production report failed to include Harmony Extra XP as required under the federal pesticide law. McGregor has agreed to pay a penalty of $2,624 to settle this matter.

Libertas Now, Inc. is a new pesticide registrant and recently registered a pesticide called Knockout Extra. In May 2005, the company received their first shipment of nearly 80,000 Lbs of Knockout Extra from China. At a routine import inspection EPA discovered that the individual product containers did not have end-use labels, as required by federal regulation. EPA issued a Stop Sale Order on May 25, which prohibited the sale and distribution of the product until properly labeled. In settling the case Libertas has also agreed to pay a penalty of $3,120.

”Following the proper labeling and reporting requirements allows us to maintain a safe pesticide industry in the United States,” said Scott Downey, EPA’s Northwest Regional Pesticide Program Manager. “McGregor and Libertas made a mistake, owned up to it and are ready to continue to safely distribute their products.”

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