SEATTLE — Three Oregon companies violated federal pesticide laws designed to protect consumers, according to three separate settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a press release.
Nufarm Americas Inc., Morrow County Grain Growers Inc. and Grange Cooperative Supply Association will pay a combined $127,000 for selling mislabeled pesticide products in Oregon, the release stated.
"When pesticides aren''t handled properly, they can make people sick and harm the environment," said Scott Downey, manager of EPA''s Pesticide Unit in Seattle.
"Companies must label products correctly and according to the law so people can use them safely," Downey added.
According to the release, the violations, discovered by an Oregon Department of Agriculture inspector, occurred in 2010.
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