ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - Syngenta
Crop Protection LLC in Greensboro, North Carolina, will pay $766,508 in civil penalties
and spend $436,990 to perform a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) after
allegations of violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide
Act (FIFRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.
According to the EPA, Syngenta
distributed and sold pesticide products to refillers despite not having written
repackaging agreements with the refillers.
Additionally, the EPA alleges the company failed to
maintain proper records of repackaging agreements, a must under a pesticide management and disposal rule. The company also violated FIFRA in its
alleged unlawful sales and distribution of misbranded pesticides, the agency said.
“The repackaging, sale and
distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides is illegal and puts
people and the environment at risk,” said Anne Heard, acting regional EPA administrator
for the Southeast. “Users rely on accurate, up-to-date information about
ingredients, directions for use, hazards and safety precautions. This
settlement sends a strong message to pesticide companies to maintain compliance
with all federal environmental laws.”
The EPA filed a consent agreement and final order Sept. 15. Syngenta will need to pay the fines
to the U.S. Department of Treasury within 30 days of the filing date.