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U.S. EPA cites two businesses for selling illegal pesticides

Release Date: 10/7/2004
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, Press Office, 213 244-1815

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking $57,750 in fines from an Orange, Calif. firm and $40,400 in fines from a St. Louis firm for violations of federal pesticide laws.

The EPA cited Eagle One Golf Products, 1201 West Katella Avenue, Orange, Calif., for allegedly selling an unregistered pesticide to homeowners' associations and golf courses. Bio Logix Algae Treatment, which is designed to control algae in ponds, was initially sold and distributed illegally by a St-Louis-based firm, Biologix Products Group, under the name "WaterTreat 100". The EPA is fining Biologix $40,040 for selling and distributing an illegal pesticide.

The EPA discovered the violations through information obtained during an inspection by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

"Firms must register their products with the U.S. EPA if they wish to sell them as pesticides. We will continue to pursue both distributors and retailers of unregistered pesticides." said Enrique Manzanilla, director of the EPA's Cross Media Division. "Without the proper registration, we have no information on the effects of these products, which could lead to harm to public health and the environment."

Pesticides that have been registered with the agency will have an EPA registration number on the label. The EPA will not register a pesticide without information to show that it will not pose an unreasonable risk when used according to the directions. The agency ensures that pesticide labels provide consumers with the information they need to use the products safely.

Consumers can obtain information about pesticides from the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378.

For more information on pesticides and safety, visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides