EPA slaps Terminix with big fines for pesticide violations on Kauai

EPA slaps Terminix with big fines for pesticide violations on Kauai

KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Environmental Protection Agency is fining pesticide company Terminix $168,000 for pesticide violations on Kauai.

The EPA says Terminix broke several rules when it misused three restricted-use pesticides and failed to protect workers at two seed fumigation sites, as well as two residences in Kapaa and Kekaha.

According to the EPA, Terminix didn't follow required label instructions or safety precautions before and during fumigation.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Terminix failed to provide proper worker protection, properly monitor the pesticide's application or measure the amount used, and failed to keep at least two years of routine operational records tracking applications of a restricted-use pesticide.

"Access to restricted-use pesticides comes with the responsibility to use particular care in protecting public health," said Alexis Strauss, acting Regional Administrator for the EPA's Pacific Southwest Region, in a news release.

"Today's action emphasizes how critical it is for pesticide applicators to follow directions concerning these potentially dangerous fumigants," Strauss said.

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