December 10, 1997 |
An exterminator who sprayed more than 880 city homes and businesses with a deadly pesticide used in farm fields was sentenced Tuesday to a two-year prison term for violating a federal environmental law. Ruben Brown, a retired butcher, had pleaded guilty to two counts of illegally tainting homes with the lethal nerve agent methyl parathion.
October 12, 1997 |
They came when called. They honored their guarantees. The roach men promised no bug on Earth could skitter away alive from their stuff. They were sloppy, but always thorough. Even when their spray ran wild, leaving fetid yellow trails on coats, walls and carpets, the poison killed. It was the secret of their success.
December 8, 1996 |
The exterminator Denise Wainwright hired to spray her mobile home 2 1/2 years ago got rid of the roaches, but the chemical left a strong odor and caused her walls and carpet to yellow. She also noticed dead birds in the yard. "A moth flew in and fell right to the floor," she recalled. The family cat died. Wainwright herself started vomiting, feeling dizzy and fatigued, but the 45-year-old former bus driver blamed her diabetes. Now she knows better.
March 8, 1997 |
A Louisiana agriculture official is accusing some residents of his state of having their homes sprayed with a potentially deadly cotton-field pesticide to take advantage of a federal offer to renovate contaminated homes. The Environmental Protection Agency has set aside $50 million to clean up more than 1,000 homes along Mississippi's Gulf Coast contaminated by methyl parathion.
December 15, 1996 |
An agricultural pesticide is being increasingly used illegally to kill household insects, posing serious and growing health concerns, officials said. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry warned about misuse of the pesticide methyl parathion after it was found last month to have been sprayed illegally in scores of homes in Mississippi.
February 23, 2003 |
Barefoot and without a protective mask or gloves, Seuon Siap pads through her cauliflower patch, dousing it with a deadly cocktail of pesticides. Her daughter sits among the sprayed, reeking leaves, and two cows munch grass along the edges of the patch. The 50-year-old farmer isn't sure exactly how her mix of three pesticides works because she can't read the foreign-language instructions on the containers.