Washington County Receives Compensation for Damaged Trees

DuPont, the manufacturer of Imprelis, has agreed to pay the county $33,665 in compensation.

Washington County filed claims for damage done to trees by the herbicide Imprelis, though the issues extend beyond the Lake Elmo Park Reserve and the grounds of the Historic Courthouse.

Trees at the Woodbury home of Laura Christensen are also suffering, according to a Pioneer Press story.

“When I first saw the damage, I bawled every day,” she told the newspaper.

DuPont, the manufacturer of Imprelis, has agreed to pay the county $33,665 in compensation, according to a release from Washington County.

The agreements, proposed by DuPont, provide $7,677.50 in compensation for trees damaged in the Lake Elmo Park Reserve, and $25,988.40 for trees damaged at the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater. (The settlement is expected to cover the cost of replacing the trees.)

Imprelis is no longer on the market—the Environmental Protection Agency issued a stop sale order in August 2011 following reports that the herbicide caused damage to certain species of evergreen trees

Christensen's lawyer, Gary Wilson of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, is representing others in Woodbury and the metro, the Pioneer Press story says.

DuPont has a website with more information.


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