'The challenge of dodging pesticides in modern food is well established, but not many people have considered another hidden danger that led to tragedy for one vacationing Delaware family.
The Esmond family – husband, wife, and two sons – were staying at a condominium complex in St. John, U.S. Virgin islands when all of them began to feel ill on their second day. Over the following months, all required continued treatment with Stephen Esmond and both sons eventually deteriorating into critical condition and determined to have suffered lasting neurological damage.
The cause? An odorless pesticide, methyl bromide, had been sprayed in the condo beneath theirs prior to the start of their 8-day vacation. Incredibly, methyl bromide has been banned for indoor use since 1984 by the EPA due to the risk of central nervous system damage and respiratory effects. Nonetheless, maker of the pesticide – Terminix – admitted to applying the chemical at not only the location in question but 13 others.
Courthouse News is reporting that two years after the incident, Terminix will be paying an $8 million criminal settlement to the family as well as a $1 million fine to the EPA for the subsequent clean-up of the affected areas. It is also suspected that a final total settlement upwards of $90 million could be forthcoming.
What is truly frightening about this event is that Terminix is no small company and has a very long history. They now operate in 47 states and 22 countries, offering a variety of products and services in both residential and commercial pest control.'
Read more: Travel Horror Results In Multi-Million Dollar Award For Family Nearly Killed By Banned Pesticide
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