FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2007
Patrick Jones, deputy director
NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division
N.C. Pesticide Board approves settlement agreements
RALEIGH – The N.C. Pesticide Board recently met and approved the following settlement agreements:
- Craig D. Craft of Hertford agreed to pay $1,800 for an improper aerial application that resulted in several homes and an open produce stand being sprayed with pesticides. N.C. pesticide law states that an aerial spray should not come within 100 feet of a residence or 300 feet of a business.
- Vic C. Blake of Stedman agreed to pay $600 for applying pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Blake applied Royster-Clark Atrazine 4L to centipede and ryegrass for two lawn care clients, but the label cautions against overseeding four months prior to using the herbicide. The grass showed signs of damage from the application.
- Jesse E. Page Jr. of Willow Springs agreed to pay $700 for purchasing and applying restricted-use pesticides without a license. Page purchased and applied Temik 15G Aldicarb and Telone C-17 to fields he owned or leased.
- Fred K. Seebeck Jr. of Cardinal Chemicals Inc. in Aberdeen agreed to pay $600 for distributing a restricted-use pesticide to an unlicensed dealer. An inspector with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found that Seebeck sold Grazon P+D herbicide to Montgomery Farm and Garden, even though no one at the location held a dealer’s license.
- James D. Miller of Cashie Golf and Country Club in Windsor denied wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $1,000 for improperly disposing of pesticides. The NCDA&CS responded to a complaint that club employees had been told to improperly dispose of pesticides in woods adjacent to the golf course. The investigation confirmed the presence of prodiamine in soil samples from the site.
- Joseph W. Barkley Jr. of Meherrin Agricultural and Chemical Co. in Severn agreed to pay $650 for distributing a restricted-use pesticide to an unlicensed dealer. An NCDA&CS investigation found that Barkley’s business sold Temik 15G and Tenkoz Atrazine 4L to Roanoke Farmers Exchange Inc. in Plymouth even though no one at the location held a dealer’s license.
- William T. Pruden of Roanoke Farmers Exchange Inc. in Plymouth agreed to pay $650 for selling restricted-use pesticides without a dealer’s license. An inspection by the NCDA&CS found that Roanoke Farmers Exchange sold Temik 15G and Tenkoz Atrazine 4L, even though no one at the business held a dealer’s license.
In other action, board members elected a new chairman and vice chairman. Dr. Rick Langley, medical epidemiologist with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, will serve as chairman, and Dr. Allen Scarborough of Raleigh will serve as vice chairman.