The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that DuPont, maker of Imprelis, will pay more than $1.8 million in a settlement for penalties to resolve alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
The settlement states that DuPont failed to submit reports to the EPA about potential adverse effects of the herbicide Imprelis and sold it with labeling that did not ensure its safety. Some customers who applied Imprelis reported tree damage and death, including on golf courses. Widespread death of trees, primarily Norway spruce and white pines, were at the heart of the issue.
In the May issue of GCM, a DuPont spokesperson said at the time approximately 38,000 claims had been submitted through the Imprelis Claims Resolution Process. DuPont estimated there would be $1.175 billion in total charges to compensate customers.
"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," says 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."