FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
||James Burnette Jr., director
NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division
N.C. Pesticide Board announces case settlements
RALEIGH − The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved the following settlement agreements for individuals and companies in Bertie, Cumberland, Hertford, Northampton, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Wayne and Yadkin counties.
- Lyman H. Harrell of Windsor agreed to pay $600 for using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Drift from an application of Gramaxone SL 2.0 used in Harrell’s sage field caused damage to tobacco plants in an adjacent field.
- Roy B. Goforth, president of Arrow Exterminators of Fayetteville, agreed to pay $800 for using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Goforth killed 20 Canada geese at the Highland Country Club by feeding them Avitrol, a bird repellent that can also be toxic.
- Ginger M. Dawson, an employee of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Roadside Environmental Unit in Ahoskie, agreed to pay $1,000 for drift that caused damage to a soybean field adjacent to a right-of-way that she treated with pesticides.
- Lemuel C. Ricks of Conway agreed to pay $550 for using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling and for using pesticides under conditions where drift resulted in adverse effects. Under Ricks’ supervision, Brandon Martin applied pesticides to a soybean field, and drift caused damage to an adjacent corn field.
- C.B. Hardman, owner of Hardman’s Landscaping in Winterville, agreed to pay $800 for applying pesticides without a valid pesticide license. Hardman obtained the study guide for the pesticide exam in 2000-2001 but never took the exam.
- Lawrence Overstreet Jr. of Lumberton agreed to pay $600 for using pesticides in a manner inconsistent with their labeling. Drift from a pesticide used as a burndown treatment on Overstreet’s corn field caused damage to an adjacent wheat field.
- James M. Royal of Newton Grove agreed to pay $650 for using pesticides in a manner inconsistent with their labeling. Drift from a pesticide treatment made to Royal’s barley field caused damage to grape vegetation in an adjacent vineyard.
- Ricky E. Joyner of Mount Olive agreed to pay $650 for using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Drift from an application of Gramaxone SL 2.0 (paraquat) used as a burndown treatment before planting peanuts caused damage to corn and a cherry tree in an adjacent field.
- William Davy Hobson of Yadkinville agreed to pay $1,500 for failing to properly notify and protect employees about pesticide use in the fields they were working. Hobson applied pesticides while workers were topping tobacco in another section of the field. The Worker Protection Standard requires that farm workers receive a notice of application, restrict entry for a period of time after application, provide decontamination supplies and provide specific information about the pesticides being used.