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McGregor Company’s Nezperce, ID, Facility Nets EPA Penalty for Pesticide Violations

Release Date: 06/12/2014
Contact Information: Mark MacIntyre / EPA-Seattle / 206-553-7302 / macintyre.mark@epa.gov

(Seattle, WA –June 12, 2014) The McGregor Company, one of the largest independent fertilizer, agri-chemical, and equipment dealers in the Pacific Northwest, has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act at its Nezperce, Idaho, pesticide repackaging and refilling facility. The settlement included a $24,720 penalty.

An EPA-credentialed inspector visited the McGregor Company’s Nezperce, Idaho facility in March 2013. The inspector collected information about the facility’s pesticide secondary containment and pesticide containment pad and referred the inspection report to EPA for review and further action.

EPA’s investigation found that the facility lacked required protections for its pesticide repackaging equipment and did not have an adequate pesticide containment pad. Containment areas and containment pads help protect the environment from spills, drips, and leaks during routine transfers and bulk repackaging. Poor pesticide housekeeping has been linked to structure and soil contamination, often requiring expensive cleanup and decontamination

After being notified of these findings by the EPA, the McGregor Company immediately corrected the deficiencies.

Read more about EPA’s Pesticides Container and Containment regulations at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/containers.htm.

Download a copy of the McGregor Consent Agreement and Final Order at http://www.epa.gov/region10/pdf/fifra/MgGregor_FIFRA_final_061214.pdf