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Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543
PHILADELPHIA – The owner of Air Med of Delmarva, a Dover, Del. indoor air cleaning business, has agreed to pay a $5,460 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal pesticide regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
EPA cited Edward Riemer, Air Med’s owner, for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 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.
EPA alleged that Air Med violated FIFRA by repackaging and selling Bio-Chem Environmental Technologies’ unregistered pesticide products “Bio-Stop+” and “Bio-Stop+II,” as an Air-Med “Bio-Stop +” pesticide product. The alleged violations were discovered in an October 2004 inspection of Air Med’s facility by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.
The settlement reflects Air Med’s cooperation with EPA, and prompt actions to comply with FIFRA. As part of the settlement, Air Med neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations.
For more information about EPA’s pesticide program, visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticide.