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Friday, January 25, 2013 - 6:03am

Pesticide Violation Settlement Reached

Two subsidiaries of an international chemical company have agreed to pay more than $800,000 in two settlements for violations of federal chemical and pesticide laws.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it reached a settlement Thursday with Kemira Chemicals and Kemira Water Solutions, subsidiaries of Kemira Chemicals — which houses its North American headquarters in Atlanta.

EPA officials say Kemira Chemicals sold and distributed unregistered and misbranded pesticides. Officials said Kemira Chemicals corrected the violations and agreed to pay $301,600 in civil penalties.

Officials said Kemira Water Solutions was cited in 27 violations of the Toxic Substance Control Act. The legislation requires manufacturers of certain chemicals to report the production volume and location of facilities producing the substances. Authorities say Kemira Water Solutions has agreed to pay $503,110 in civil penalties.