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Granger air spraying firm faces Environmental Protection charges

GRANGER - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials have announced that Ag-Air Flying Services, Inc. of Granger is one of three Yakima Valley companies that has been charged with violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

EPA officials allege the Granger company applied the pesticide Warrior in June 2004, allowing it to drift onto grapes on an adjacent property. The pesticide is not approved for use on grapes.

The EPA is seeking to assess penalties of $3,120 against the Granger company. Ag-Air Flying Services had 30 days from being notified to request a formal hearing to contest the charges.

The two other Yakima Valley firms being charged by the EPA include JSH Farms of Wapato and Yakama Land Enterprise of Toppenish.

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