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Misuse of pesticides draws local fines

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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.

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