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EPA fines Wichita pesticide producer

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at 2:42 p.m.

A Wichita pesticide producer has agreed to pay a fine to settle allegations related to its role in the distribution of misbranded pesticides in violation of federal law, authorities announced.

In January 2012, the Kansas Department of Agriculture conducted an inspection of the American Chemical Systems II operation in Wichita, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The inspection was to determine whether the company was in compliance with federal regulations.

The Wichita address for American Chemical Systems II is listed as 1002 W. Maple.

A similar inspection was conducted in October 2011 at the company’s Springfield, Mo., plant. The results of the inspection showed that American Chemical Systems was holding for sale or distribution a quantity of the misbranded pesticide, the EPA said.

The pesticides were misbranded because the product labels included a statement regarding use in meat and poultry processing plants but did not include any instructions for use in food processing locations. American Chemical systems is a supplemental distributor of Mason Chemical Company.

Mason Chemical was the registrant of the pesticide, and under federal regulations was liable for the violations as well. American Chemical Systems also produced other pesticides unrelated to Mason Chemical, the EPA said, and at the time of the inspections held three additional unregistered and misbranded pesticides for sale or distribution.

Mason Chemical was hit with a civil penalty of $85,640, the EPA said, and American Chemical Systems faces a civil penalty of $11,000.

As part of the settlements with the EPA, Mason Chemical and American Chemical Systems have certified that they are now in compliance with federal laws and regulations.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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