FIFRA Violations Lead to $910,000 Fine

In a report from the US Environmental Protection Agency on March 30, 2012, “North American Green, Inc. (NAG), an agricultural materials company with a manufacturing plant located in Poseyville, Indiana, pleaded guilty to 150 counts of using a registered pesticide in violation of FIFRA on March 21, 2012.”

The report goes on to say that the company was ordered to take “remedial action and was fined $910,000.”  According to the EPA’s report, “NAG sold erosion control mats, which are required in many states and countries to be fumigated for pests. NAG fumigated using a product called ‘Meth-O-Gas,’ which is a registered pesticide that has been found to cause serious acute illness, lung or nervous system damage, or even death in those exposed to it in dangerous quantities.”

The EPA said that their case developed after a “NAG employee told federal authorities that NAG had been signing his name on certificates related to the fumigations without his knowledge or consent.”  Subsequent investigations revealed a number of other occasions in which Meth-O-Gas had been used improperly.

NAG was ordered to institute an employee training program, to “develop a corporate environmental compliance policy, to submit to an independent audit of its ongoing compliance with federal regulations, and to issue a public apology in local newspapers.” NAG was also placed on probation for a period of three years.

If you have questions about environmental compliance, permitting or planning issues, contact Matthew Schroeder, P.E. (mschroeder@dragun.com) at 248-932-0228.

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