Pesticide applicator fights farm regulators

CAPITAL PRESS: The Oregon Department of Agriculture claims Applebee Aviation ignored an emergency order to stop spraying pesticides last year. The Tualatin-based pesticide applicator faces license revocation and $180,000 in fines.

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An administrative law judge heard the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s case against Mike Applebee and his company, Applebee Aviation, which are accused of ignoring an emergency order to stop spraying last year.

… During the hearings, held in Tualatin, Ore., on April 26-28, the agency argued that Applebee Aviation had a pattern of safety violations leading up to the emergency suspension but continued pesticide treatments after the order was issued in late September 2015.

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