The North Carolina Pesticide Board recently approved several settlements in the region.
The North Carolina Pesticide Board recently announced several settlements in the region, including cases that involved applying pesticides without a license, improper buying and selling of pesticides, and instances of pesticide drift.
State inspectors concluded that pesticides applied by Parkway Agriculture employee Bennett B. Lewis II were applied to soybeans under conditions that caused the resulting residue to have adverse effects to nearby tobacco plants. Lewis agreed to pay $1,000.
Arturo Mendoza, the owner and operator of Lantana’s Landscape, sprayed commercial weed killers without a license in Mecklenburg. Mendoza agreed to pay $800. A private pesticide applicator, Douglas Harkey, sprayed herbicide on a soybean field and damaged pine trees on a nearby Rowan County property. He agreed to pay $600.
A treatment by Aero Tech Helicopters landed on a person, her property and a public road. It is a violation to spray a pesticide beyond the intended target. Owner and operator of Aero Tech, Dirk O. Frommann, agreed to pay $1800.
Four cases in Lenoir County were also settled. There were two cases involving Harvey’s Fertilizer Company, and two involving Triangle Chemical. Individuals involved with the named businesses that agreed to settlements are Marvin E. Sutton for $1200, while Kyle B. Hardy, Andrew S. Jones and William C. Barha all agreed to pay $600.