EPA fines Mo. company for lack of notice on pesticide

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Liberty agrichemical company has been fined for failing to notify a federal agency that it imported nearly 25 tons of a toxic pesticide from China.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that Douglas Products and Packaging will pay a civil penalty of $6,237. The agency says the company didn't give EPA the required notification about its May shipment of aluminum phosphide fumigant pellets from China.

The EPA tracks potentially hazardous pesticide products. The agency says aluminum phosphide is used as a fumigant for stored grains and is highly toxic.

Douglas Products co-owner Wes Long acknowledged Tuesday that the company failed to fill out the required EPA forms. He said the company recently changed suppliers and that the previous supplier had handled the necessary forms.

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