WENATCHEE — The state Department of Agriculture issued a total of $3,100 in fines for mishandling pesticides to a Wenatchee business and temporarily suspended its license, while an East Wenatchee resident was fined $400 in a separate incident involving herbicides.
Statewide, the WSDA issued $38,300 in fines and suspended several licenses following investigations in April, May and June. Fines ranged from $350 to $25,000 for incidents that occurred in eight counties, including Chelan, Douglas and Grant.
Results from second-quarter investigations were released Thursday.
David Twitchell of Pests-Or-Us, a Wenatchee pest control service, was fined $1,800 and received a 25-day license suspension following an inspection in May 2010 that showed pesticides were improperly stored, according to WSDA findings.
In another incident, Twitchell was also fined $1,300 and his license suspended for 20 days for a roadside application that damaged nearby trees.
In East Wenatchee, resident Dan Wilson was fined $400 when the WSDA claimed he damaged his neighbor’s landscaping plants while applying herbicides to a drainage ditch between their properties.
In Grant County, the state issued $2,150 in fines for a variety of violations, including damaged landscapes and drifting spray.
The WSDA registers more than 11,000 pesticide products in the state and registers about 22,000 applicators, dealers and pest inspectors.