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Wilco-Winfield LLC, agrees to pay over $18,000 for violating federal pesticide rules

Release Date: 08/25/2008
Contact Information: Erin Halbert, EPA FIFRA Program, (206) 553-4627, halbert.erin@epa.gov Tony Brown, EPA Public Affairs, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Mt. Angel, Oregon – August 25, 2008) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached an $18,400 settlement with Wilco-Winfield, LLC (WWL) (formerly Wilco-Farmers/Agriliance) for violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). WWL had been producing pesticides in an unregistered establishment and selling pesticides which were misbranded.

The FIFRA violations had been occurring for at least the past three years (2005, 2006, and 2007). WWL’s unregistered facility, located at 13007 Downs Road in Mt. Angel, Oregon had been using the establishment number that was assigned to another facility located at 190 South Main Street in Mt. Angel, Oregon. The Main Street facility was owned by WWL, but had been inactivated since 2000.

“Production of any pesticides at the Downs Road facility was in violation of FIFRA since this facility was not registered,” said Chad Schulze, EPA’s Region 10 FIFRA Enforcement Officer in Seattle. “Furthermore, these pesticides produced at the Downs Road facility were misbranded because they bore an invalid, inactive EPA establishment number. These numbers help EPA track the type, amount, and location of pesticides being produced and sold in the U.S.”

EPA has worked with WWL to ensure that all of their establishments are registered according to Section 7 of FIFRA and that they are submitting the required annual reports.

For additional information about pesticides, visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/.

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