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ODA issues civil penalties for pesticide violations
8/29/2013

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has issued nine civil penalties in the amount of $3,912 in connection with five incidents involving pesticide violations. The penalties, which were administered during the first six months of 2013, stem from investigations performed by ODA’s Pesticides Program.

The civil penalties include the following:

  • Associated Arborists of Hayden, Idaho, a commercial pesticide operator, was issued a $660 civil penalty for employing unlicensed pesticide applicators. The case stems from applications made in McMinnville in 2012. Chris A. Cohen of Carlton, Oregon was issued a $330 civil penalty for performing a pesticide application without a license.
  • Coastal Farm and Ranch of The Dalles was issued a $480 civil penalty for selling or offering for sale a pesticide product that was not registered in Oregon as required by law. The unregistered product was discovered to be offered for sale during a routine ODA marketplace inspection.
  • R&R Tree Service of Salem, a licensed commercial pesticide operator, was issued a $407 civil penalty for applying a pesticide product inconsistent with its labeling. The restricted use pesticide product Tordon was applied on a landscape or turf and ornamental site under wet conditions, which is not allowed according to the product label. The application resulted in the pesticide moving off site. The applicator, Jannai Cornett of Salem, was also issued a $407 civil penalty for her role.
  • Staab Horticultural Specialists of Silverton, a commercial pesticide operator, was issued a $407 civil penalty for applying a pesticide product inconsistent with its labeling. Specifically, Eagle 20EW fungicide was intentionally applied to a residential pear tree in Portland even though it is not labeled for such use. The applicator, David Sosna of Oregon City, was also issued a $407 civil penalty for his role.
  • Precision Ag Incorporated of Hermiston, a commercial pesticide operator, was issued a $407 civil penalty for performing pesticide application activities in a faulty, careless, or negligent manner. The application of the pesticide products Revus Top and Asana XL to a Umatilla County potato field was allowed to drift beyond the target area. The applicator, Mark Reynolds of Hermiston, was also issued a $407 civil penalty for his role.

Individuals receiving civil penalties from the Oregon Department of Agriculture can contest the notice through an administrative hearing.

ODA’s Pesticide Program completed 276 investigations in the first half of this year resulting in these nine civil penalties. ODA licenses more than 12,000 commercial pesticide businesses and applicators. A vast majority are in compliance with Oregon’s Pesticide Law.

For more information, contact Dale Mitchell at (503) 986-4646.

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