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Administrative Law Judge finds Steven Tuttle Guilty of Illegal Pesticide Sales and Orders Payment of $14,850

Release Date: 8/24/2005
Contact Information: Chris Gebhardt
(206) 553-0253

August 24, 2005

On July 15, 2005, an administrative law judge for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found Steven L. Tuttle of Woodland, Washington, guilty of five violations of the federal pesticide law and ordered him to pay a civil penalty of $14,850.

Specifically, Judge William B. Moran's decision affirmed the allegations found in EPA's March 18, 2004 civil complaint that Mr. Tuttle sold and distributed two unregistered and incorrectly labeled bee miticide products named "Mite Solution Concentrate" and "Herbal Bee Calmer Gel." The Judge also found that these two products were produced in a facility not registered with EPA.

"EPA understands that mites pose a significant problem for bee keepers, but Mr. Tuttle is marketing bee miticides that have not passed safety tests required by law," said Scott Downey, Manager of EPA's Pesticides and Toxics Unit in Seattle. "Mr. Tuttle needs to comply with the law, especially when his competitors are doing so."

Mr. Tuttle was also fined $3,780 for selling one of these products in 1997.

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