24 October 1994 00:00 [Source: ICB]
IN THE largest civil penalty ever paid in a pesticide case, the US Environmental Protection Agency's region 111 office has ordered DuPont and Platte Chemical to pay $1m for distribution of contaminated Benlate fungicide. Despite claims that it did not violate EPA regulations, DuPont has agreed to pay the full amount on behalf of Platte as well.
Through the consent agreement and order, the EPA claims that DuPont, Platte and Lesco all distributed contaminated shipments of three related fungicide products. Benlate 50 DF, Tersan 1991 DF and Lesco Benomyl DG. The complaint alleged that the fungicides had become contaminated with atrazine, a herbicide. Platte packaged the products for DuPont: Lesco distributed some product under agreement with DuPont.
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