Local workers agree to state pesticide fines

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Wilson, Bailey and Ayden workers have agreed to pay fines for violating state pesticide regulations.

The North Carolina Pesticide Board on Thursday announced that settlement agreements had recently been reached with nine pesticide applicators.

Richard Albert Aycock, a licensed applicator for Richard Aycock Farms of Stantonsburg, agreed to pay $1,000 for drift from a soybean field to a neighboring property that resulted in pesticide exposure, according to state officials.

The N.C. Pesticide Board said the product label states it should not be applied in a way that it will come into contact with workers or other individuals directly or through drift.

Johnny R. Bailey of Bailey agreed to pay $600 for drift damage to a vegetable garden from a pesticide application to an adjacent soybean field.

A state law prohibits the spraying of pesticides under such conditions that drift from pesticide particles or vapors results in adverse effects.

Brian R. Haddock of Ayden agreed to pay $1,700 for improper storage and disposal of pesticides and failure to document pesticide applications made in 2016, according to the board.

Inspectors found propane containers stored with pesticides, used pesticide containers on a trash pile containing pesticides and evidence that pesticides were dumped in a ditch on the property.

The pesticide board is a regulatory agency operating within the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division.

Settlement agreements were also reached with licensed North Carolina pesticide applicators in the Columbus County town of Cerro Gordo, the Craven County town of Cove City, the Davidson County city of Lexington and the Martin County town of Robersonville along with licensees in Greenville and Thomasville, Pennsylvania.