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DEP Fines Newark Company $860K for Using Hazardous Chemicals While Spraying for Bedbugs
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has levied a $860,000 fine against Newark-based TVF Pest Control for “misapplication of hazardous pesticides in residences to control bedbugs” during work done in Jersey City and other locations.
The fine comes on the heels of a DEP investigation last summer that found TVF used chemicals not appropriate for indoor use in at least 50 residences and apartments in Hudson, Essex, Hudson and Union counties between January and June 2010.
In addition to the main fine, the DEP is looking to permanently revoke TVF’s pesticide business license and the individual applicator licenses for owner Josimar Ferreira and employee Javier Godoy. The DEP also has charged TVF $10,625 for the cost of the department’s chemical sampling in this matter, and levied a $10,000 penalty against TVF corporate officer Marta Braga for an applicator licensing violation. TVF and the individuals may continue to operate pending the outcome of an administrative hearing, provided a request for a hearing is filed with DEP within 35 days.
“This is an issue of public health and welfare,” DEP commissioner Bob Martin says in a statement. “The DEP is sending a strong and clear message in this case that when companies put residents at risk by intentionally misusing pesticides in dealing with bedbugs they will be dealt with severely.”
The DEP’s investigation, which began after Massachusetts officials told DEP officials that TVF was the subject of a federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) probe in that state, found that the company was spraying Malathion and Carbaryl inside homes and apartments, both of which are hazardous chemicals not approved for indoor use.
“We want pest control companies and individuals to address the bedbug problem in a safe, responsible manner,” Martin says. “They should use only registered pesticides and employing smart, approved housekeeping practices and non-pesticide techniques to control the troubling insects.”
In announcing the fines, the DEP points out that New Jersey residents have the right to obtain notification information from companies to identify chemicals used to control pests in their residences.
“The DEP urges residents to arm themselves with information about pesticides used in their homes,” DEP assistant commissioner for compliance and enforcement Wolf Skacel says in a statement. “Also, we are cautioning that pesticides can only be used in strict accordance with the product label. Persistent bedbug problems sometimes prompt companies or desperate residents to use substances that can create hazardous situations, leading to potential health problems that are far more serious than bedbug bites.”
If TVF has applied liquid spray to control bedbugs in your residence prior to July 2010 and no one has contacted you yet, the DEP wants to hear from you immediately at 609-984-6513 (or 609-984-6914 for Spanish speakers).
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