Target: W. Craig Jelinek, CEO of Costco Wholesale Stores
Goal: Condemn Costco for selling illegal and unsafe pesticide products in New York
A concerned New York resident recently expressed concern that a Costco Wholesale store in Holbrook was selling Bayer Advanced Lawn Complete Insect Killer. This pesticide’s label clearly states, “Not for sale, sale into, distribution and or use in Nassau, Suffolk, Kings and Queens counties of New York.”
Not only is this a consumer violation, but also an environmental one. This pesticide was banned on Long Island to protect the underground aquifer that supplies the region’s drinking water. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens explained, “Long Island’s sole source aquifer is especially vulnerable to contamination, and DEC takes its responsibility to enforce environmental laws very seriously.”
Despite these drinking water concerns, Costco offered 1,088 containers of the pesticide for sale between February 16 and March 20, 2013. The retailer sold 296 of these containers to local consumers.
Since that time, the New York State DEC has ordered Costco to remove the product from their shelves, issue a recall on the product, and pay a $60,000 penalty. Clearly, Costco violated the state’s Environmental Conservation Law, which requires pesticides to be registered with the DEC before being distributed, sold, or used. Sign the below petition to urge Costco and other retailers to stop selling environmentally harmful pesticides in their stores.
Dear Mr. Jelinek,
I understand that Costco Wholesale offered 1,088 containers of illegal pesticides for sale in New York between February and March 2013, selling 296 containers to local consumers. Not only was this pesticide banned in the New York counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Kings, and Queens, but it is also harmful to the environment.
Bayer Advanced Lawn Complete Insect Killer is illegal in these counties in order to protect the underground aquifer that supplies the region’s drinking water. This aquifer is particularly vulnerable to contamination, and a large segment of New York’s population relies upon this source of water.
Thank you for removing this illegal pesticide from your store shelves and issuing a product recall notice to Costco members who purchased it without reading the label. I am urging you to use more caution and to keep the environment and public health in mind when stocking your store’s shelves. This pesticide was banned for good reason, and oversights like this are unacceptable. Better yet, please refrain from stocking your store shelves with products that have proven to be environmentally harmful.
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