published on October 23, 2019 - 1:45 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with a Central Valley company on the management of its pesticides.

The EPA announced that it settled with the Caruthers facility of Watson Ag Chemical for improper storage and labeling of farm pesticides stemming from a 2017 inspection.

Officials with Watson agreed to pay $19,666 to settle the violations, which included distribution of misbranded pesticides from bulk storage tanks bearing labels that were damaged or incomplete; failure to keep containment structures liquid tight by sealing cracks and seams; and failure to meet the holding capacity requirements for existing containment pads and/or secondary containment units, according to the release.

The company has corrected all identified compliance issues.

“Improper storage of pesticides can lead to spills or leaks that may endanger facility workers and the community,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “We are pleased that these companies have corrected the violations and ensure the proper management of pesticides.”

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