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EPA Bans Sale Of Imprelis

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The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly banned the sale of the herbicide Imprelis, after lawn care professionals complained that trees were dying around areas sprayed with the chemical.

Imprelis maker DuPont suspended sales last week and has announced plans for a rebate program. Property owners have already begun to file lawsuits regarding the loss of trees on their lawns and golf courses.

Data provided by DuPont to the EPA has showed that Norway spruce, white pine and balsam fir trees are susceptible to damage or death from the chemical. Jordan Chaikin, a partner at Parker Waichman Alonso, LLP a law firm that has filed dozens of Imprelis lawsuits, told the New York Times, “We expect at the end of the day there’s going to be more than a billion dollars of damage or as much as several billion…You are talking about a lot of people who have dead trees 40 to 50 feet tall, 30 or 50 years old that each cost $20,000 or $25,000 to replace.”

It is unclear whether Imprelis will be available for sale again after the EPA finishes their review.  However, some feel that damage from the chemical could be long term. Imprelis instructions warn that grass clippings treated with Imprelis should not be composted because it does not break down over time.

 

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: EPA Bans Sale Of Imprelis was posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011 at 5:55 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits, Uncategorized.

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