Chemical maker, DuPont, has settled with the city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, for tree damage caused by its herbicide, Imprelis.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin has been awarded $278,000 from DuPont Chemical for tree replacement compensation after Imprelis damaged some 58 evergreen trees in several locations, the Leader-Telegram reports.
The trees most susceptible to damage from the chemical include black hills spruce, white pine, Norway spruce. Eau Claire forester Todd Chwala told Leader-Telegram reporters that he noticed damage on deciduous honey locust trees, as well.
In August 2010, the Imprelis was approved for market by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); however, the herbacide was pulled from the market just one year later after concentrated reports of tree damage were confirmed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New Jersey. Imprelis was used by landscaping professionals on public and private lands, including golf courses and parks, the Leader-Telegram noted.
Some 33,000 damage claims have been filed against DuPont over Imprelis nationwide. DuPont hired tree specialists to inspect and help recover trees, when possible, for each damage report it received. The Leader-Telegram reports that about 80 percent of the claims have been settled.