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U.S. EPA settles for $4,680 with Burbank pest control device company

Release Date: 01/18/2007
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute (213) 244 -1815

(01/18/07) SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement for $4,680 with a Burbank, Calif. company for failing to submit an annual report for its 2005 production of pest control devices, a violation of federal pesticide law.

The EPA cited Steril-Aire, a manufacturer of pest control devices, for failing to submit an annual production report required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Although Steril-Aire filed the required production reports with the EPA in 2001 through 2003, it failed to do so in 2005 after a warning in 2004. As part of the settlement, Steril-Aire has now submitted the required documentation.

"Reporting requirements detailing a company's production of pesticide control devices are necessary in the EPA's effort to ensure safe management and distribution of these devices," said Enrique Manzanilla, the EPA's Communities and Ecosystems Division director for the EPA's Pacific Southwest Region. "It only takes a few steps to stay in compliance with federal pesticide regulations."

Before selling or distributing any pesticide or pest control device in the United States, a company must register the production establishment with the EPA. As with pesticides, pest control devices must then be identified in pesticide production reports submitted annually to the EPA.

The enforcement case was based on a compliance review of production reports performed by the EPA earlier this year.

For more information on pesticide regulation and enforcement, please visit the EPA's website at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/fifra/index.html

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