EPA Fines Nevada Stores For Banned Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined a garden supply company based in Fallon and reached an agreement with a hardware store in Reno over alleged violations of federal pesticide laws.

The EPA fined the Fallon-based HFI Enterprises $2,000 after state agriculture inspectors found canceled insecticides on the shelves of its stores in Fallon and Lovelock in August 20006, the agency announced on Wednesday.

"These pesticides were canceled due to their potential to harm children," said Katherine Taylor, associate director of the Community and Ecosystems Division for the EPA's Pacific Southwest Region based in San Francisco.

"The EPA issued a cancellation notice that indicated when retail sales had to stop. Retailers must keep themselves informed and promptly remove canceled pesticides from their shelves," she said.

The banned pesticides, including chlorpyrifos and diazinon, were at the Lovelock stores in the products Cooke Dursban-Plus Lawn Insecticide, Dexol Dursban Lawn Insect Killer, Green Light Borer II and Diazinon Ultra Insect Spray.

At Fallon, chlorpyrifos was in the product Spectracide Lawn & Garden Insect Control, EPA said.

The federal government prohibited retail sale of most residential-use pesticides containing the active ingredient chlorpyrifos after Dec. 31, 2001 and for diazinon after Dec. 31, 2004.

Consumers still may legally use remaining stocks of chlorpyrifos and diazinon products, provided that they follow all label directions and precautions, EPA said.

The federal agency also announced this week it recently reached
a settlement with a True Value Hardware store in Reno to pay a $2,750 fine for selling a residential pesticide with chlorpyrifos.

That settlement stemmed from March 2004 inspections conducted by
the state agriculture officials at the Reno North Valleys store.

The banned pesticide was in the product Greenthumb Flea & Tick Killer.