BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a California company nearly $100,000 for 21 alleged violations of federal pesticide laws.
The agency says Wilber-Ellis Co., a national distributor of agricultural products, has agreed to pay $99,600 to resolve allegations that emerged from investigations in Idaho, Arizona, the Navajo Nation and the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.
The EPA says investigators in Arizona discovered that a Wilbur-Ellis facility was distributing and selling a misbranded pesticide. In a separate investigation, a Fort Mojave inspector found a pesticide product with a label lacking several key safety elements.
And Navajo Nation and Idaho inspectors found several other violations, including cases when company-hired applicators failed to wear protective gear and other cases of misbranded pesticides, including one highly toxic product.
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