EPA Fines Shell Corp. $26,000 for Pesticide Violation
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency fined the Shell Corporation of Las Vegas $26,000 for allegedly
selling and distributing “Roof-ReNEW,” an unregistered pesticide, in
violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
The EPA alleges that in 2006, the Shell Corporation, located at
4620 S. Valley View in Las Vegas, Nev., sold and distributed
“Roof-ReNEW,” a product that it claimed prevented mold on roofs,
decks, and wooden shingles, to firms in Colorado and Tennessee.
“Selling unregistered pesticides is a significant violation that
can result in harm to public health and the environment” said
Katherine Taylor, Associate Director of the Communities and
Ecosystems Division in the EPA’s Pacific Southwest Office. “Companies
must register pesticides with the EPA before distributing and selling
The Nevada Department of Agriculture discovered the violations
during an inspection conducted at the request of EPA Region IX in
The EPA regulates the manufacture, import, sale and use of
pesticides. Distributors and retailers are responsible for ensuring
that all pesticides distributed and/or sold fully comply with federal
This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.