Enforcement

The BPC has adopted a policy that it uses in routine enforcement actions.

Common violations

BPC inspectors report GROWERS (or private applicators) commonly fail to:

    • wear all the Personal Protective Equipment required by the label
    • calibrate equipment and keep records of the calibration
    • identify sensitive areas and keep records of them
    • keep all of the required application records ( EPA registration number, active ingredient, and restricted entry interval are commonly missing)
    • keep any records
    • store correctly labeled pesticides in a secure location
    • comply with Worker Protection Standards:
    • post Central Information Displays
    • train agricultural workers or pesticide handlers
    • notify workers of application
    • provide decontamination sites within ¼ mile of work site
    • mix the correct rate ratios
    • use a total release aerosol correctly. (often a greenhouse is too small for the size container used)

BPC inspectors report COMMERCIAL APPLICATORS may fail to:

    • provide adequate notice to those listed on the Pesticides Notification Registry
    • renew license

BPC inspectors report LAWN APPLICATORS have been known to:

    • make an application at the wrong address

BPC inspectors report COMMERCIAL APPLICATORS commonly fail to:

    • mix the correct rate ratios. Many labels have different mix ratios for both per square foot and per gallon.

     

Consent Agreements By Date

    Date Company/Entity Violation Consent Agreement
    1/20/2021 Daley Green Services DBA Green Home Solutions This case involved unlicensed applications, use inconsistent with the pesticide label, and record keeping [PDF]
    1/15/2020 Triest Ag Group This case involved licensing, storage, training, and applications [PDF]
    1/15/2020 TruGreen Lawncare This case involved unauthorized applications, applications in excessive wind, failure to post turf applications, no approved methode for positive identification of the application site, failure to report applications to wrong properties, and failure to provide required notification to a registry member [PDF]
    6/5/2020 Bath Housing Authority This case involved an unlicensed application in an area open to the public, posting, and use of a pesticide inconsistent with the product labeling [PDF]
    6/5/2020 Hughes, Inc This case involved an unauthorized pesticide application [PDF]
    6/5/2020 The Turf Doctor, Inc This case involved the notification registry and broadcast application of a pesticide within 25 feet of water other than those applied to control arthropod vectors of human disease or stinging insects [PDF]
    6/7/2019 Tick Talk This case involved failure to notify an individual on the registry and pesticide drift [PDF]
    1/10/2018 Service Master Elite This case involves an application of pesticides (disinfectants) to the interior of a structure in Lewiston by an unlicensed applicator during mold remediation work [PDF]
    4/6/2018 White's Weed Control This case involves a broadcast application of an herbicide within 25 feet of water without a variance [PDF]
    4/6/2018 Riverview Psychiatric Center This case involves the application of an herbicide by an unlicensed person on the grounds of the Center [PDF]
    4/6/2018 Penquis This case involves the application of an herbicide to a school playground by an unlicensed person and without authorization by the school’s IPM Coordinator [PDF]
    4/6/2018 Black Kettle Farm This case involves the application of a pesticide at a rate exceeding the maximum labeled application rate; lack of personal protective equipment; and failure to maintain OSHA safety date sheets at a central information display [PDF]
    7/13/2018 Witherly's Greenhouse & Garden Center This case involves the sale of unregistered pesticides [PDF]
    7/13/2018 Roof Cleaning Solutions This case involves the application of a pesticide by an unlicensed individual and in a manner inconsistent with the product labeling [PDF]
    8/15/2018 Mainely Ticks This case involves an unauthorized application to a residential property [PDF]
    11/16/2018 Wise Acres Farm This case involves using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with the label, insufficient records, and lack of required information at the central information display [PDF]
    11/16/2018 Pail Finden & Emily Rogals This case involves a pesticide application to a property without the property owners’ authorization [PDF]
    2/17/2017 Stone Wall Farms This case involves the use of a restricted use pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its label which resulted in the death of two dogs [PDF]
    3/31/2017 Greenscapes of Maine This case involves the commercial use of a pesticide by an unlicensed applicator [PDF]
    5/12/2017 Salmon Falls Resort & Golf Club, LLC This case involves the commercial use of a pesticide by an unlicensed applicator [PDF]
    5/12/2017 Goodall Enterprises DBA NaturaLawn of America This case involves the unauthorized application of a pesticide by a commercial applicator [PDF]
    6/23/2017 JD Groundscapes Inc. This case involves the application of a pesticide by an unlicensed individual [PDF]
    10/27/2017 Dependable Pest Solutions This case involves multiple applications of pesticides in Maine by an unlicensed and unsupervised applicator [PDF]
    10/27/2017 Frederick's Property Preservation This case involves the application of an herbicide in a manner inconsistent with its label, to an unauthorized property, by an unlicensed applicator [PDF]
    10/27/2017 Green Thumb Lawn Service This case involves the application of herbicide to the wrong property [PDF]
    10/27/2017 Town of Oqunquit This case involves the misapplication of rodent bait that resulted in at least one dead bird [PDF]