Amherstburg Company Fined $7,000 for Pesticide Violations
Windsor - An Amherstburg company, its president and two employees were fined $7,000 for applying a banned pesticide for cosmetic use on residential property and failing to display the appropriate warning signs, contrary to the Pesticides Act.
1164842 Ontario Ltd. o/a Healthy Turf Lawn Care is a landscaping/lawn care firm in Amherstburg. Cheryl Afanasiew is the president and Mary-Ellen Fleury and Simon C. Pszczonak were employed by the company as technicians in the summer of 2012.
The ministry received complaints of banned pesticides being applied to properties located in the City of Windsor. As a result, the ministry attended the site. The ministry obtained samples of the grass to be analyzed. The ministry also noticed signs placed at each site stating that "Fiesta" lawn weed control had been applied to the property. Fiesta is approved for cosmetic use for weed control in Ontario.
Results from the samples showed the presence of 2,4-D a Class 9 pesticide. Class 9 pesticides are banned for cosmetic use on residential lawns in Ontario.
The company and Ms. Afanasiew were fined a total of $6,000 plus victim fine surcharges totaling $1,500 which have been paid. Ms. Fleury and Mr. Pszczonak were each fined $500 plus victim fine surcharges of $115. They were given 120 days to pay the fines.