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U.S. EPA fines three California companies for pesticide violations

Release Date: 4/25/2005
Contact Information: Lisa Fasano, (415) 947-4307

     SAN FRANCISCO   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined three California businesses $13,200 for allegedly failing to submit accurate 2004 pesticide production reports in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

     Niklor Chemical Company Inc. of Mojave, Calif., failed to report all the pesticide products it produced in the preceding year in its required 2004 pesticide production report.  Hollister, Calif. companies Soil Chemical Corporation and Trical, Inc. each  included pesticide products in their required 2004 pesticide production reports that the companies had not produced during the preceding year.

     "As soon as these companies were notified of the error they quickly took action to correct the records," said Enrique Manzanilla, the EPA's Cross Media Division director for the Pacific Southwest region. "The reporting requirements are necessary in the EPA's effort to ensure safe management and distribution of these pesticides."

     The three violations were discovered through investigations arising from inspections undertaken by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in January 2004.

     Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, each pesticide manufacturer must annually report its pesticide production to the EPA by March 1.  Production records provide information on the quantities of pesticides produced and distributed.  These reports allow the tracking of pesticide products back to the companies that produce them.

     For more information on pesticide regulation and enforcement, please visit EPA's webpage at: