Thirty-four homeowners filed lawsuits last week in Waukesha County, Wisconsin against DuPont over the Imprelis herbicide alleging that the chemical is still killing trees in areas where it was applied last year.
Twenty-nine other lawsuits were filed in Waukesha County last February by homeowners, all of which allege that even though DuPont marketed Imprelis as environmentally friendly and safe, it is actually a “frighteningly effective tree killer.”
Similar lawsuits have been filed against DuPont all across the country, alleging Imprelis killed or is killing trees. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stopped the sale and use of Imprelis last year, after it hit the market in 2010.
An attorney for the plaintiffs said, “Imprelis is still in the soil and it is affecting new growth this early spring. Plus we recently suspect that new species of trees, like maples, are now dying, as well.” The lawsuits say that coniferous trees like spruce and pine are even more susceptible to the chemical.
DuPont spokesperson Kate Childress said the company has created a comprehensive claims process already in place. A statement released in response to the lawsuits by DuPont said that in general, and dependent upon property damage circumstances, compensation covers tree removal and disposal, replacement, replacement care, warranty, and maintenance of affected trees and in some cases, compensation. The claims process will continue to offer warranty damage until December 31, 2013.