Grow Depot cited for producing and selling unlabeled and unregistered pesticides
DENVER, March 13, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with Grow Depot, a Northglenn, Colo. hydroponics and organics supply store, resolving alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Based on site visits and investigation activity conducted in 2015, EPA alleges that Grow Depot sold unregistered pesticides by repackaging pesticides for public sale in containers without labels. According to a settlement finalized last week, Grow Depot has agreed to discontinue the sale of unregistered pesticides and pay a $27,500 penalty to resolve the allegations.
In order to protect human health and the environment, pesticides must be registered and distributed or sold with complete labeling to ensure safe handling of potentially harmful chemicals and prevent exposures from misuse.Today’s settlement will help ensure Colorado consumers receive and adhere to important label information about ingredients, hazards and directions for the safe use of these products.
The goal of FIFRA is to promote the safe use of pesticides and protect the public, pesticide applicators, and the environment from pesticide hazards. FIFRA requires that pesticides sold in the U.S. be registered with EPA to ensure they are safe for their intended use. Facilities that produce pesticides must also be registered with EPA. In addition, the law requires the attachment of proper labels to retail pesticide containers. These labels contain important information about the safe application of products, personal protective equipment, first aid and other health and safety information.
For more information about FIFRA visit: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides
Report violations of FIFRA and other regulations online: https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/report-environmental-violations