Settlements involved cases of pesticide drift and improper selling and application of pesticides. Settlements are listed by county below:
• (Cabarrus) Stephen N. Ruark, a licensed aerial pesticide applicator with Thunder Valley Ag Aviation in Pantego agreed to pay $2,100 for depositing pesticides by aircraft on the right-of-way of a public road near Midland.
• (Currituck) Joseph D. Etheridge, a licensed private pesticide applicator in Shawboro, agreed to pay $500 for using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. The label for the product used states that the pesticide should only be applied if the wind direction favors on-target deposition. Ethridge’s application on a field contacted a car on the road nearby.
• (Iredell) Christopher T. Heslin, a licensed pesticide dealer for SiteOne Landscape Supply in Mooresville, agreed to pay $1,200 for several improper sales of a restricted-use pesticide to someone with a fraudulent license.
• (Lenoir) Joshua Pridgen, a licensed pesticide dealer for Helena Agri Enterprise in Kinston agreed to pay $400 for improperly selling a pesticide that is only labeled for agricultural use sites to a commercial pesticide applicator who was not certified to use the particular pesticide.
• (Pasquotank) Matthew C. Crabbe, a licensed aerial pesticide applicator contractor for Crabbe Aviation in Mechanicsville, Va., agreed to pay $1,000 because pesticides he applied to a soybean field near Elizabeth City drifted onto a nearby apiary. The drift indicated a manner of use inconsistent with the pesticides’ labeling and therefore a violation of state law.
• (Granville) Mark W. Lyon, a licensed private pesticide applicator in Creedmoor, agreed to pay $600 for applying a soil fumigant to his fields without the proper licensing category on his license.
• (Union) Campbell F. Cox, a licensed private pesticide applicator in Monroe agreed to pay $600 for applying a paraquat herbicide without the required training. ■