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EPA Region 5 steps up pesticide export oversight

Release Date: 07/13/2006
Contact Information: Kären Thompson, (312) 353-8547, thompson.karen@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 06-OPA117

CHICAGO (July 13, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has increased oversight of pesticide exporters over the past two-and-a-half years. During that time, $440,000 in penalties were assessed against seven companies for violations.

The seven companies are:

  • Nufarm Americas Inc., Chicago Heights, Ill., fined $33,000, November 2004
  • State Industrial Products Corp., Cleveland, Ohio, fined $56,360, July 2005
  • BioLab Inc., Adrian, Mich., fined $23,680, July 2005
  • Dow Corning Corp. and Aegis Environmental Management, Midland Mich., fined $262,288, November 2005
  • J.T. Eaton & Co. Inc., Twinsburg, Ohio, fined $15,840, December 2005
  • Arch Wood Protection, Valparaiso, Ind., fined $29,704, April 2006
  • Minntech Corp., Minneapolis, Minn., fined $16,640, May 2006.

They failed to take one or more of these required steps:
  • translate portions of pesticide labels into the predominant language of the country of import;
  • export registered products with proper labeling and translation; or
  • obtain written acknowledgement from foreign customers verifying that they understand the products were not registered in the United States.

Federal pesticide export requirements provide some of the same protections to foreign purchasers of pesticides that are provided in the United States and lets foreign customers know if the United States has not registered a certain pesticide. More information about pesticide export regulations can be found online at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/. Or contact Terry Bonace at (312) 886-3387 or email him at bonace.terence@epa.gov.
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