The company responsible for the application was fined $555. and the two applicators each fined $555. Pesticide Label use instructions carry the force of law. Violations are subject to civil and criminal penalties. Users of pesticides should always read the label and follow the directions.
ODA has issued registration standards for 2014 more strict than federal (EPA) standards. Dinotefuran and imidacloprid products for use on plants must have an Oregon-specific label statement. The label will ban the application on basswood, linden, or Tilia species altogether. This is due to an interaction of tree allelochemicals with these insecticides.
ODA is emphasizing pollinator protection in applicator training sessions and in information for the general public. ODA has requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency review Dinotefuran and other neonicotinoids to determine if additional label restrictions are necessary at the national level.