Imprelis http://michiganradio.org en DuPont promises to reimburse homeowners for trees killed by herbicide http://michiganradio.org/post/dupont-promises-reimburse-homeowners-trees-killed-herbicide <p>A few months ago, reports started coming in that an herbicide made by DuPont was hurting and killing trees. The Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered DuPont to stop selling the herbicide Imprelis. DuPont had suspended sales shortly before that. The herbicide was used by lawn care companies to kill weeds on lawns and golf courses starting last fall.</p><p>Bert Cregg is an associate professor of horticulture at Michigan State University.</p><p>He says Imprelis can cause a range of different injuries to blue spruce, Norway spruce and white pine.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;You might see like in a big white pine, you might see a little bit of top growth doesn&rsquo;t look quite right, you&rsquo;ll see the twisting and curling, stunting of the top of the tree, in other cases, yeah we&rsquo;ve seen the tree killed outright.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>This week, DuPont announced a <a href="http://www.imprelis-facts.com/">program to process damage claims</a> from property owners. DuPont declined an interview. But in a statement, the company said property owners with approved claims will receive replacement trees &ndash; or cash compensation.</p><p>DuPont&rsquo;s also facing a number of lawsuits, including a <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110901/METRO/109010456/1409/METRO">class action suit</a> brought by a woman from Allen Park, Michigan.</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 15:40:17 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4074 at http://michiganradio.org DuPont promises to reimburse homeowners for trees killed by herbicide Michigan companies sue DuPont for damaged trees http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-companies-sue-dupont-damaged-trees <p>UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. July 28, 2011</p><p>DuPont says its herbicide called Imprelis is responsible for tree injuries primarily on Norway spruce and white pines. They are addressing problems on a case by case basis.</p><p>ORIGINAL POST: 3:31 July 25, 2011</p><p>Three Michigan companies are suing <a href="http://www2.dupont.com/DuPont_Home/en_US/index.html">DuPont </a>for damages to trees on their property. It&rsquo;s the first of at least four lawsuits against the chemical company. Damages linked to a DuPont-manufactured herbicide called <a href="http://www2.dupont.com/Professional_Products/en_US/Products_and_Services/Imprelis/index.html">Imprelis</a> have been linked to dead and dying trees across the country. The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) approved the chemical in 2010. Lawn care professionals say they&rsquo;ve received complaints despite using Imprelis as directed. The EPA and DuPont are investigating claims.</p><p>Amy Frankmann is with the <a href="http://www.mnla.org/">Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association</a>. She says not only are trees suffering &ndash; so are the reputations of landscapers.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has gone out and investigated the claims that we&rsquo;ve heard about and our members have done nothing wrong. So they&rsquo;ve applied it according to label and our concern is that the industry is getting a black eye when they didn&rsquo;t do anything wrong,&quot; Frankmann said.</p></blockquote><p>Repairs for damages nationwide are projected to be in the millions of dollars.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:31:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3454 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan companies sue DuPont for damaged trees