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EPA Reaches $4,550 Settlement with J.R. Simplot for Misbranding Pesticide

Release Date: 6/6/2005
Contact Information: Chris Gebhardt
(206) 553-0253

June 6, 2005

The J.R. Simplot Company (J.R. Simplot) has agreed to pay $4,550 fine for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (misbranded Pesticide) in a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

On June 23, 2004, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) conducted a routine inspection at J.R. Simplot's Simplot Grower Solution Facility in Royal City, Washington. During the inspection, the WSDA inspector discovered a bulk tank containing Volck Clear Oil without a proper label. Volck Clear Oil is an insecticide used for a variety of agricultural crops.

The WSDA forwarded the investigation report to EPA for review. On March 25, 2005, EPA issued an Expedited Settlement Offer/Agreement to J.R. Simplot of Boise, Idaho to resolve J.R. Simplot's failure to properly label the bulk tank. J.R. Simplot has agreed to pay the full penalty amount.

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