The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with the E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). DuPont will pay a $1,853,000 penalty to resolve allegations that the company failed to submit reports to EPA about potential adverse effects of an herbicide product called Imprelis, and sold it with labeling that did not ensure its safe use. When customers applied the misbranded Imprelis product, it led to widespread death and damage to trees.
“EPA’s ability to protect the public from dangerous pesticides depends on companies complying with the legal obligation to disclose information on the harmful effects of chemicals,” said Cynthia Giles, EPA assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance. “This case sends the message that illegally withholding required information will be treated as a very serious violation.”
The product registration for Imprelis expired on Sept. 8, 2014, and DuPont is no longer selling the product. The settlement, a consent agreement and final order, will be filed at EPA’s regional office in Philadelphia, and DuPont must submit payment of the penalty to the U.S. Department of Treasury within 30 days.
The herbicide was applied at Peninsula State Park Golf Course, where more than 200 conifers were affected by Imprelis.