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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

CONTACT:

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

N.C. Pesticide Board announces July case settlements

RALEIGH — The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved the following settlement agreements for respondents in Alleghany, Columbus, Durham, Gaston, Johnston, Moore, Perquimans, Pitt, Rowan and Union counties, as well as Culpeper, Va., Greenville, S.C., and Sturtevant, Wis.

  • William Blan Bottomley, owner of Bottomley Evergreens & Farms Inc. in Ennice, agreed to pay $400 for applying Command 3ME in a manner inconsistent with its labeling to a pumpkin field in Ennice. The pesticide damaged an adjacent nursery, and its labeling states to not apply within 1,200 feet of nurseries. In addition, Bottomley agrees to conduct two hours of pesticide safety training for all employees who handle pesticides.

  • John D. Hardwick of Clarendon agreed to pay $600 for applying pesticides StrikeOut Extra, Unison Herbicide and Valor SX Herbicide in a manner inconsistent with the pesticides’ labeling to a field in Whiteville. The pesticides damaged nearby trees and shrubs, and their labels state to avoid drift.

  • James J. Reeves, of Duke University Golf Club in Durham, agreed to pay $500 for applying the restricted-use pesticide Scimitar GC without a pesticide applicator’s license.

  • Robert C. Nash, manager of Tri County Farm Supply in Cherryville, agreed to pay $750 for selling restricted-use pesticide Gramoxone Inteon to a non-certified applicator. The label for Gramoxone Inteon states it is for retail sale to and use only by certified applicators.

  • Gary P. Barefoot, owner of Civil Communications Inc. in Benson, agreed to pay $1,600 for using pesticide Warhawk in a manner inconsistent with its labeling without a pesticide applicator’s license, and for improper storage of a pesticide.

  • James T. Hines of Selma agreed to pay $800 for using pesticides on his tobacco farm in Kenly inconsistently with their labeling, including violations of Worker Protection Standard 40 CFR Part 170. Hines failed to provide his employees with notice of pesticide application, required information about pesticide applications, safety training for four workers, enough water for routine washing, single-use towels, an emergency change of clothing, personal protective equipment and failed to maintain application records.

  • Craig A. Wood, property maintenance supervisor for the Town of Clayton Public Works Department, agreed to pay $1,200 for applying Crossbow Specialty Herbicide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling along a sewer line in Clayton. The pesticide damaged adjacent cotton plants at the Central Crops Research Station, and its labeling states it should be applied to avoid drift and contact with nearby susceptible crops.

  • James E. Delong, of Southern States Turf Division in Carthage, agreed to pay $800 for selling restricted-use pesticide Scimitar GC to a non-certified applicator. The label for Scimitar GC states it is for retail sale to and use only by certified applicators.

  • Thad Jones, owner of Thad Jones Yard Maintenance in Southern Pines, agreed to pay $500 for applying pesticide Roundup ProMax without a pesticide applicator’s license. Neither he nor anyone associated with Thad Jones Yard Maintenance had been licensed to apply pesticides at the time the application of concern was made.

  • Gregory S. Souther Jr., of Craft Air Services LLC in Hertford, agreed to pay $850 for making an aerial application of pesticides in a manner inconsistent with their labeling, and for depositing pesticides within 25 feet of a road and 100 feet of a residence. Pesticide residue was observed on vegetation in a neighboring garden, and the labels state they should be applied in a manner to avoid drift.
  • Carl A. Briley Jr. of Stokes agreed to pay $850 for using pesticide Ethephon 6 inconsistently with its labeling, including violations of Worker Protection Standard 40 CFR Part 170. Briley failed to provide his employees with notice of pesticide application, required information about pesticide applications, safety training for one handler and two workers, enough water for routine washing, single-use towels, an emergency change of clothing, personal protective equipment and failed to maintain application records.

  • Joanne F. Mowery, of the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury, agreed to pay $400 for using pesticide Gramoxone Inteon in a manner inconsistent with its labeling, including violations of Worker Protection Standard 40 CFR Part 170. An employee under Mowery’s supervision handled the pesticide without receiving handler-specific pesticide training.¬† In addition, Mowery agrees to conduct one hour of Worker Protection Standard pesticide safety training for all employees who handle pesticides.

  • John Robert Cox Jr., of Cox Brothers Farms in Monroe, agreed to pay $800 for applying pesticide Paraquat Concentrate in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. The pesticide damaged vegetables in an adjacent garden, and its label states it should not be applied in conditions favoring drift.

  • Eugene J. Kritter, of Kritter Cropdusting Inc in Culpeper, Va., agreed to pay $1,500 for making an aerial application of pesticides in an unlicensed aircraft to a soybean field in Monroe, and for depositing pesticides within 25 feet of a road and 100 feet of a residence. Residents adjacent to the field experienced nose and throat irritation, and the labels state the pesticides should not be applied in a way that will contact workers or other persons.

  • Bryan A. Curtis, sales representative for Corbin Turf Supply in Greenville, S.C., agreed to pay $1,500 for violating terms associated with storing restricted-use pesticide, and for selling restricted-use pesticides without being a licensed pesticide dealer. Curtis stored the pesticides at a storage unit in Morganton and failed to post warning signs, keep suitable absorbent material available for leaks and develop a prefire plan.

  • Rocky Dreibrodt, sales manager for Corbin Turf Supply in Greenville, S.C., agreed to pay $500 for distributing restricted-use pesticide Scimitar GC to a non-certified pesticide dealer.

  • The Butcher Company in Sturtevant, Wis., agreed to pay $600 for selling adulterated pesticide Diversey Morning Mist Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner in North Carolina. The pesticide was found to be adulterated in that it was ineffective against P. aeruginosa.

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