FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2009
James Burnette Jr., director
NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division
N.C. Pesticide Board announces November case settlements
RALEIGH — The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved the following settlement agreements for respondents in Craven, Granville, Jackson, Rutherford, Sampson, Wake and Washington counties:
- William J. Brinkley, of Eastern Flying Service Inc. in Dover, agreed to pay $700 for using pesticides on cotton fields in Dover inconsistently with their labels. The pesticides were allowed to drift or be deposited within 25 feet of a right of way, and within 100 feet of a residence.
- Michael W. Ferrell Jr., owner of Hansley’s Inc. of Stem, agreed to pay $400 for applying a pesticide in Franklinton without a pesticide applicator’s license. State law requires that no person shall engage in the business of pesticide applicator within the state unless he or she is licensed annually as a pesticide applicator.
- Ben H. Graning, president of B.H. Graning Landscapes Inc. in Sylva, agreed to pay $1,000 for using the pesticide Crossbow Specialty Herbicide inconsistently with its label. The pesticide damaged grapevines, and its label states it shouldn’t come into direct contact with grapes.
- Steven M. Mastrangelo, manager of Dogwood Valley Golf Course in Forest City, agreed to pay $400 after an employee was found applying pesticides without a pesticide applicator’s license. State law requires that each golf course must have a licensed applicator in charge of pesticide applications. This occurred after a Notice of Non-Compliance was issued on April 1, 2008, when a different employee was found applying pesticides while no one associated with Dogwood Valley Golf Course was licensed as a pesticide applicator.
- Arnold D. Smith of Roseboro agreed to pay $800 for using a pesticide inconsistently with its label. The pesticide drifted onto neighboring plants, shrubs, trees and vegetables, and its label states it shouldn’t be applied when weather conditions favor drift from treated areas or within 1,200 feet of towns and housing developments.
- William G. Hipp of Fuquay-Varina agreed to pay $750 for using a pesticide on his tobacco fields inconsistently with its label. The pesticide damaged nearby plants and trees, and its label states it shouldn’t be applied when weather conditions favor drift from treated areas.
- Roger D. Molt, of Crop Production Services in Plymouth, agreed to pay $800 for using a pesticide inconsistently with its label on tobacco fields in Washington. The pesticide was applied near a neighboring water source, and its label states it shouldn’t be applied when weather conditions favor drift or to areas where runoff is likely to occur.