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Hydrol Chemical, Inc., Settles Pesticide Violations

Release Date: 10/06/2008
Contact Information: Donna Heron 215-814-5113 / heron.donna@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA (October 6, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Hydrol Chemical, Inc. has agreed to pay a $10,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal pesticide regulations at its facility in Yeadon, Delaware County, Pa. Hydrol Chemical is a manufacturer of organic chemicals.

EPA cited Hydrol Chemical for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), a federal law requiring the registration of pesticide products and pesticide-production facilities, the proper labeling of pesticides, and the proper handling and application of pesticides. FIFRA's requirements protect public health and the environment by ensuring the safe production, handling and application of pesticides; and by preventing false, misleading, or unverifiable product claims.

EPA cited Hydrol Chemical for 18 FIFRA violations concerning sales or distributions of two different pesticide products. EPA alleged six sales of an unregistered pesticide (Formaldehyde Solution 35 Microbiocide) and 12 sales of misbranded pesticides (Formaldehyde Solution 37 and Formaldehyde Solution 35 Microbiocide).

As part of the settlement, the company neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations. The company has certified to EPA that it is currently complying with applicable provisions of FIFRA. Hydrol Chemical has also terminated manufacturing and selling of the unregistered pesticide product and certifies that it has corrected the label on the other misbranded pesticide – the products that gave rise to these violations. The label of the second product needed to contain the proper EPA Establishment Number showing where the pesticide was manufactured.

Visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides for more information about EPA’s pesticide program.