May 14, 2007

Pesticide service firm, owner ordered to provide application records

EDMONTON, ALTA-An environmental enforcement order issued to Blain's Agri Service and Allen Blain requires the Wetslock-based company and its owner-operator to provide Alberta Environment with all pesticide application records for the period from July 1, 2005 to July 26, 2006. The departmental order stems from an Alberta Environment inspection in July 2006 and numerous requests since to obtain Blain's pesticide application records. Pesticide service registration holders are required to maintain application records and provide them upon request. Blain and Blain's Agri Service repeatedly failed to comply with the requests, and failure to comply with the order could lead to further enforcement action. In a separate incident, the company pleaded guilty in November 2003 to failing to provide records, as required under Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) and was fined $1,000.

Enforcement Orders, issued under the authority of the EPEA and Alberta's and Water Act, are designed to ensure that immediate action is taken to correct a situation.

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