HONOLULU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a $17,000 fine against Kama''aina Termite & Pest Control Inc. for misusing Vikane, a fumigant pesticide at four locations, according to a press release.
The company uses the EPA-registered fumigant Vikane to treat structures for termite infestation, and allegedly failed to follow required label instructions and safety precautions before and during fumigation at all four locations, the release stated.
According to the release, prior to treating the 44-story Keola La''i Condominium in Honolulu, the largest fumigation project ever attempted in the state of Hawaii, the company failed to remove non-airtight-sealed food from at least 28 residential units and failed to open internal doors in at least 342 units.
"Today''s action emphasizes how critical it is for companies to follow label directions, as fumigants such as Vikane are potentially dangerous when misused or misapplied," said Dean Higuchi, Hawaii press officer for the EPA''s Southwest Regional Office.
"Our goal is to ensure families are protected when their homes are being treated with these registered termite control products."
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