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U.S. EPA settles with two Southern California pesticide companies

Release Date: 9/21/2005
Contact Information: Wendy Chavez, (415) 947-4248

Fines total $8,320

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with two Southern California pesticide companies for failing to submit their 2004 pesticide reports on time, a violation of the federal pesticide law.

"The EPA uses pesticide reports to track pesticide production, their safe management and distribution; companies must report their pesticide production accurately and on time," said Enrique Manzanilla, the EPA's Communities and Ecosystems Division director for the Pacific Southwest region. "Because of the potential for pesticides to impact public health, this agency will see that pesticide laws are actively enforced."

The two firms are:

Pure O3 Tech, Inc. of Escondido, Calif., which settled for $3,120. This company received a warning letter for failing to report pesticide production in 2004;

California Pool and Chemical Service of Artesia, Calif., which settled for $5,200. This company received a warning letter for failing to report its 2004 pesticide production on time.

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, companies must annually report pesticide production to the EPA; production records provide information on the quantity of pesticides produced and where they are produced.

For more information on pesticide regulation and enforcement, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/enforcement/


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