FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
James Burnette Jr., director
NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division
N.C. Pesticide Board March settlements announced
RALEIGH — The following settlement agreements were recently approved by the N.C. Pesticide Board:
- David V. Walton of Lumber Bridge agreed to pay $400 for applying pesticide Temik 15G within 50 feet of a neighbor’s drinking water well. The pesticide’s registered label prohibits its application within 50 feet of any drinking water well, and it is unlawful to use any pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
- Bobby H. Pipkin of Blounts Creek agreed to pay $500 for purchasing and applying three restricted-use pesticides with an expired certification. Purchasing these pesticides without up-to-date certification is not consistent with the pesticides’ labels, which state they should be purchased and used only by certified applicators or under their direct supervision.
- Jonathan N. Berrier, president of Berrier Select Landscapes Inc. in Brevard, agreed to pay $700 for using pesticide Clear Pasture (triclopyr) inconsistently with its label. The pesticide damaged nearby trees, and its label states it shouldn’t be applied when weather conditions favor drift from treated areas. The application was made by an employee, but as the license-holder of the business, Berrier was held responsible.
- Edward L. Williams Jr. of Williamston agreed to pay $500 for using pesticide Dicofol 4E on 20 acres of peanuts on his farm. The pesticide is not labeled for use on peanuts, and it is unlawful to use any pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. The application was made by Williams’ father, but as the license-holder of the farm, Williams was held responsible.
- Coneal W. Hughes of Elizabeth City agreed to pay $400 for purchasing and applying a restricted-use pesticide with an expired certification. Purchasing this pesticide without up-to-date certification is not consistent with the pesticide’s label, which states it should be purchased and used only by certified applicators or under their direct supervision.
- Ronnie R. Bowes of Roxboro agreed to pay $1,200 after three pesticide handlers may have been exposed to pesticides while working on Williams’ tobacco crop. An inspector found that Williams had failed to maintain and post pesticide application records or provide handlers with knowledge of labeling and site-specific information. Williams also failed to use required personal protective equipment or provide a decontamination site and supplies for the handlers.