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EPA Penalizes Twin Falls Pesticides Company $9,960

Release Date: 9/15/2004
Contact Information: Jeff Philip
(206) 553-1465

September 15, 2004

The Seattle office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has reached an agreement with WaterTech, a Twin Falls-based pesticide manufacturer, to resolve EPA complaints that the company violated federal pesticide labeling laws.

An inspection by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture found that on a number of occasions in 2003 and 2004 WaterTech sold and distributed mislabeled CWT-257, a pesticidal product used to control bacteria, fungi, and algae in industrial and commercial recirculating cooling water systems, air washer systems, and paper manufacturing. The labeling lacked the required full precautionary and first aid statements, and contained incorrect directions for use.

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) establishes clear labeling requirements to protect users, the public, and the environment from accidental misuse of potentially harmful chemicals. Selling and/or distributing mislabeled pesticides may lead to penalties of up to $5,500 per violation.

WaterTech has agreed to pay $9,960 in penalties for the mislabeling violations.

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