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Yakama Land Enterprise Settles on Pesticide Violations
Release Date: 6/20/2005
Contact Information: Lyn Frandsen
June 20 2005
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has settled an administrative complaint with Yakama Land Enterprise for a final penalty of $5,664. Land Enterprise and EPA have also agreed to work together to develop a compliance plan to help Land Enterprise reduce pesticide drift, and comply with Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide ACT (FIFRA) and Worker Protection Standards.
"We are pleased with the settlement," said Mike Bussell, Director of the EPA’s Regional Compliance and Enforcement Office. "We look forward to working with Land Enterprise to insure proper use of pesticides on the Reservation."
Yakama Land Enterprise (YLE) is located on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Toppenish, Washington, and is a tribally owned and operated land purchasing and development enterprise on behalf of the Yakama Nation.
The list of violations alleged in the complaint included:
|The EPA has primary enforcement responsibility over federal pesticide laws on Indian Reservations. Elsewhere in the state, the primary responsibility lies with the Washington Department of Agriculture.|
- Press Release: Three Companies Penalized for Pesticide Violations on Yakama Reservation
Region 10 Pesticides Program (yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ECOCOMM.NSF/webpage/Pesticides)
Region 10 Compliance and Enforcement (yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ENFORCE.NSF/)