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Settlement reached with crop duster in pesticide case

Posted on June 7, 2021

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SPRING HOPE — The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved a settlement agreement with a crop duster whose chemicals drifted onto local forest land.

Carl W. Shelley, a licensed aerial pesticide applicator with Blue Water Helicopter Services in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, agreed to pay $1,200 because pesticide applied during an aerial treatment of a clearcut forest drifted and caused damage to an adjacent forest property in Spring Hope, said Brandon Herring, public information officer with the N.C. Department of Agriculture’s Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division.

North Carolina law states that no one can apply pesticides under conditions in which drift from pesticide particles or vapors results in adverse effects.

The recently announced settlements include nine other cases from counties across the state, including Pitt and Sampson counties.

In Pitt County, Christopher Owenby, a licensed pesticide dealer at Southern States of Farmville, agreed to pay $500 for improperly selling a soil fumigant to a private pesticide applicator who was not certified in the soil fumigation category at the time.

In Sampson County, Kenneth L. Cain, a private pesticide applicator in Garland, agreed to pay $1,000 for buying and applying restricted-use pesticides without a valid certification or license. Cain has since obtained certification.

Also in Sampson County, Meherrin Agricultural & Chemical Co., a licensed pesticide dealer, agreed to pay $1,200 for improperly selling restricted-use pesticides to someone without a valid certification or license.

Other settlements involve cases of improper pesticide disposal and improper pesticide application.

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