Pesticide Enforcement Actions


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Pesticide Enforcement Actions

(Monetary Penalties and License Actions)

Tim Schultz - 509-533-2686 or Toll Free: 877-301-4555
Email: compliance@agr.wa.gov

For questions related to enforcement actions, email compliance@agr.wa.gov or call 1-877-301-4555.

2019 Actions
2018 Actions
2017 Actions

WSDA's Pesticide Management Division is responsible for investigating several areas involving pesticides including:

  • Misuse of pesticides
  • Pesticide drift complaints
  • Worker protection standards
  • Improper sale or distribution
  • Licensing
  • Structural Pest Inspection

Under the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), WSDA can assess a maximum penalty of $7,500 per violation and/or suspend, deny or revoke a license. A penalty matrix is used to ensure penalties are uniform and fair. The matrix takes into account the seriousness of the violation, whether it is a first or a repeat offense, and whether there are any aggravating or mitigating factors involved. Larger penalties often reflect repeat offenses or multiple violations within the same incident.

Below is a current list of those found to have violated state laws regulating pesticides.

2019 Actions

Case Number

Party(ies) Involved / 
County of Incident

Description

Action

Date of 
Final Order

BAO-0036-18

PM-19-0005
Shawn Lipp
 
Apple Land Pest Control and Home Inspection
 
Chelan County
A September 18, 2018, pest control application to a home was found to have been made with the commercial applicator not having the proper pest control endorsement. This was a repeat licensing violation for the applicator. A Director’s Final Order assessed a $600 civil penalty and a six (6) day license suspension against Shawn Lipp’s commercial applicator license and Apple Land Pest Control and Home Inspection. 5/9/2019
KFJ-0002-19

PM-19-0003
Anthony Hawkins
 
Edge Pest Control
 
King County
A December 29, 2018, flea pest control application made to a home was found to have made been made contrary to label instructions and resulted in two alleged pesticide related illnesses.    Settlement of $1,700 civil penalty and a seven (7) day license suspension against Anthony Hawkins’ commercial operator’s license. 4/23/2019
KFJ-0002-19

PM-19-0004
Kaden Abplanalp
 
Edge Pest Control
 
King County
A December 29, 2018, flea pest control application made by Edge Pest Control to a home was found to have been made contrary to label instructions and resulted in two alleged pesticide related illnesses. Settlement of $3,100 dollars and a three (3) day license suspension against Kaden Abplanalp’s commercial applicator license and Edge Pest Control. 4/15/2019
ERE-0026-18

PM-19-0002
Tony Campbell

Lamb Weston, Inc.

Benton County
A case investigation and worker protection standards inspection conducted as a result of a July 13, 2018, pesticide exposure to three farm workers, found a chemigation system violation and violations of worker and handler provisions of the worker protection standards. A Director'S Final Order assessed a $5,200 civil penalty against Lamb Weston, Inc., as the responsible agricultural employer. 2/25/2019
TAS-0028-18

PM-19-0001
Ken Meines

Ranch Aero, Inc.

Garfield County
An August 22, 2018, an aerial pesticide application was alleged to have drifted off target, causing damage to non-target vegetation and contacting a person. Settlement of $2,300 civil penalty and a ten (10) day license suspension against Ken Meines, Ranch Aero, Inc., as the responsible commercial applicator. 2/15/2019
KFJ-0022-18

PM-18-0028
Matthew Green

Insight Pest Solutions, LLC

King County
Application records submitted to the department from an August 9, 2018, record request as part of an investigation, were missing required information. Settlement of $300 civil penalty against Matthew Green, Insight Pest Solutions, LLC., as the responsible commercial applicator. 2/15/2019
ERE-0033-18

PM-18-0027
Justin Arriola

Martin̢۪s Farming, Inc.

Franklin County
An Agricultural Use Inspection conducted on October 12, 2018, found pesticide label violations and violations of commercial pesticide handler provisions of the worker protection standards resulting from a soil fumigation. Settlement of $1,350 civil penalty and a four (4) day license suspension against Justin Arriola, Martin's Farming, Inc., as the responsible commercial applicator and agricultural employer. 2/6/2019
TRH-0004-18

PM-18-0025
Cliff Plath

Jayhawk Orchard, LLC

Franklin County
A May 26, 2018, application made by a farm pruning crew was found to be in violation of handler provisions of the worker protection standards. A Director's Stipulation and Final Order assessed a $700 civil penalty against Jayhawk Orchard, LLC, as the responsible agricultural employe 1/9/2019