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U.S. EPA fines two So. Calif. pesticide companies

Release Date: 7/7/2004
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815

Violations occurred in Azusa and North Hollywood

SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined two California businesses in Azusa, and North Hollywood a total of $9,900 for allegedly failing to submit 2003 pesticide reports, a violation of the federal pesticide law.

The company Dunhill Chemical Company of Azusa was fined $4,400. OPI Products of North Hollywood was fined $5,500.

"Companies must report their pesticide production in a timely manner," said Enrique Manzanilla, the EPA's Cross Media Division director for the Pacific Southwest region. "The EPA uses these reports to track pesticides and ensure safe management and distribution."

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, companies must annually report pesticide production to the EPA by March 1. Production records provide information on the quantities of pesticides produced and distributed.

The EPA also fined a Yuma, Ariz. company $4,400 for similar violations.