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EPA Settles with Chesapeake, Va. Company for Violating Federal Pesticide Law

Release Date: 10/15/2008
Contact Information: Donna Heron 215-814-5113 / heron.donna@epa.gov

PHILADELPHIA (October 15, 2008)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Mareva, Inc. has agreed to pay a $27,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that occurred at its 1119 Cavalier Boulevard, Chesapeake, Va. location. The company has since moved its location to 840 Juniper Crescent, Suite 101, Chesapeake, Va.

According to the EPA, between September 2003 and April 2006, Mareva, a swimming pool supplies retailer, violated FIFRA by selling an unregistered and misbranded pesticide product called REVASTOP – MUSTARD ALGAE on 49 separate occasions.

As part of the settlement, Mareva neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but has certified that it is now in compliance with FIFRA requirements.

FIFRA is a federal law requiring the registration of pesticide products and pesticide-production facilities, and the proper labeling 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. FIFRA also prohibits the marketing of misbranded, improperly labeled or adulterated pesticides. For more information about EPA’s pesticide program, visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/

Today’s action contributes to EPA's record-shattering enforcement results for the 2008 Fiscal Year. To date, EPA has concluded enforcement actions requiring polluters to spend an estimated $11 billion on pollution controls, clean-up and environmental projects, an all time record for EPA. After these activities are completed, EPA expects annual pollution reductions of more than three billion pounds.