Hydroponics retailer to settle pesticide charges with EPA

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 30, 2017

DENVER (Legal Newsline) — Grow Depot, a hydroponics and organics supply store in Northglenn, Colo., has agreed to settle allegations of violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced March 13. 


EPA inspected Grow Depot’s supply store in 2015 and alleged that it sold unregistered pesticides by repackaging the pesticides for sale to consumers in containers without labels. To settle the allegations, the company will pay $27,500 in penalties and will discontinue the sale of unregistered pesticides.


In its press release, the EPA noted that its pesticide registration rule was created to protect human health and the environment. The rule helps ensure safe handling of potentially harmful chemicals and prevent exposures from misuse.


FIFRA promotes the safe use of pesticides and mandates that pesticides sold within the United States be registered with the EPA to ensure safety control. Pesticide-producing facilities must be registered with the EPA, while retailers must attach proper labels for pesticide containers. The labels contain important information for consumers about safely using the products.

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