(Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 21, 2011) – Douglas Products and Packaging LLC, an agrichemical company in Liberty, Mo., has agreed to pay a $6,237 civil penalty to the United States for failing to provide EPA with a required notice that it had imported a nearly 25-ton shipment of pesticide from China.
According to an administrative consent agreement filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan., the Agency was notified on May 19, 2011, that a 49,537-pound shipment of Drex-PH3 Aluminum Phosphide Fumigant Pellets was being held at the U.S. Customs Port of Entry at Kansas City, Mo., because Douglas Products and Packaging had not filed a Notice of Arrival (NOA) with EPA prior to its importation.
Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), importers of pesticides must file NOAs with EPA prior to importation of pesticides. Violation of the FIFRA regulation impacts EPA’s ability to track potentially hazardous and toxic pesticide products.
The pesticide involved in this case, aluminum phosphide, is highly toxic. It is commonly used as a fumigant for stored grains.
As part of its settlement with EPA, Douglas Products and Packaging has certified that it is presently in compliance with FIFRA and its regulations.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency · 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW · Washington DC 20460 · 202-564-4355