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EPA fines South San Francisco company $8,800 for pesticide violation

Release Date: 9/29/2003
Contact Information: Leo Kay, Press Office, 415/947-4306

     SAN FRANCISCO   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reached a settlement with a South San Francisco coatings manufacturer that requires the company to pay $8,800 for selling an unregistered pesticide, a violation of the federal pesticide law.  

    The EPA cited Simpson Coatings Group, Inc. for selling its Special Deck Compound as an antifouling pesticide without EPA registration.  Properly registered products have labels that accurately identify their ingredients, as well as their human and environmental risk, and information on their correct use.

     "Companies must register their pesticides with the EPA," said Enrique Manzanilla, director of the EPA's Cross Media Division.  "Without EPA registration, we have no information on the effects of this product, which could lead to harm to public health and the environment."