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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3, 2006


Contact: James Burnette Jr., director
NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division
(919) 733-3556

Pesticide board meets in Raleigh

RALEIGH - The N.C. Pesticide Board met recently to approve the following settlement agreements of alleged pesticide misuse:

  • Arthur T. Lee of Dunn agreed to pay $1,500 for applying Reflex while workers were setting tobacco in the field. Reflex is not labeled for use on tobacco and entry into treated areas is restricted for 24 hours. Lee also did not provide protective eyewear as required by the Worker Protection Standard.

  • Kmart of North Carolina LLC agreed to pay $900 for pesticide storage violations at the chain's Thomasville store. During a routine inspection, a NCDA&CS inspector observed bags of Scotts Turf Builder with Plus 2 Weed Control, Scotts Winterizer with Plus 2 Weed Control and K-GRO Premium Lawn Insect Control stored uncovered outside. The registered labels for the products state that they should be stored in a cool, dry place.

  • Home Depot USA Inc. denied wrongdoing, but agreed to pay a total of $4,500 for the improper storage of pesticides at five stores in the Charlotte area:

    • 12803 York Road, Charlotte - $900 fine for storing Vigoro Premium Mulch with Weed Stop, a selective pre-emergent herbicide outdoors, without cover.

    • 1837 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews - $900 fine for storing Vigoro Premium Mulch with Weed Stop outdoors and Scotts Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer in an area with an overhead sprinkler system. Both herbicides should be stored in a cool, dry location according to their labels.

    • 8135 University City Boulevard, Charlotte - $900 fine for storing Scotts Turf Builder with Halts Crabgrass Preventer, Scotts Halts Crab Grass Preventer and Bayer Advanced Garden 2-in-1 Systemic Rose & Flower Care were stored uncovered and outdoors.

    • 1220 N. Wendover Road, Charlotte -$900 fine for storing bags of Vigoro Premium Mulch with Weed Stop in the open without cover.

    • 3313 Cloverleaf Plaza, Kannapolis - $900 fine for storing Scotts Turf Builder with Plus 2 Weed Control in the open without cover.
  • John C. Howard of J.C. Howard Farms in Deep Run denies wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $500 for alleged pesticide disposal violations. An inspector observed a fire at the farm with empty pesticide containers. It is against state pesticide law to allow open burning of pesticides or pesticide containers.

  • Wal-Mart Stores East, LP denies wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $900 for pesticide storage violations. An inspection of the Wal-Mart at 3000 S. Horner Boulevard in Sanford found bags of Miracle-Gro Lawn Fertilizer plus Crabgrass Preventer and Miracle-Gro Lawn Fertilizer plus Weed Control stored outdoors without cover. The inspection also found partially covered bags of Expert Gardener Weed and Feed.

  • Danny P. Walker of Roxboro agreed to pay $1,000 for several WPS violations. Responding to a complaint, an investigation found that Walker applied pesticides without protective equipment, did not provide his workers with emergency medical care information or decontamination water and did not properly maintain pesticide application records as required by law.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047