Windsor Company Fined $5,000 For Using Banned Pesticide
Windsor – A Windsor company was fined $5,000 for using a banned pesticide during a cosmetic residential application, contrary to the Pesticides Act.
“Environmental protection legislation protects communities and the environment. Breaking these rules can result in serious penalties and is an offence the ministry takes very seriously,” said Environment Minister Jim Bradley.
Mr. Goodlawn Landscape Division Inc. operates a lawn care company out of the Windsor area. Ministry staff observed a company employee spraying on a residential lawn. A sign posted by the company stated that Fiesta—an approved cosmetic pesticide—was applied. The ministry obtained samples of the pesticide from the sprayer being used by the employee. Analysis of the pesticide and weed samples revealed the presence of 2,4-D, Dicamba and Mecoprop, which are banned under the Pesticides Act. The analysis confirmed that the herbicide Fiesta was mixed in a tank at approximately double the concentration expected according to the label directions.
The company was fined $5,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,250 and was given 90 days to pay the fine.
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