A Washington spray applicator will pay $2,200 in fines for allowing herbicide to drift onto neighboring apple trees last year.
The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports that Luz Martinez Jr. of Othello agreed last month to pay the penalty and have his license suspended for 20 days.
According to the agreement, Martinez was spraying herbicide onto two potato fields in September 2015 when the spray drifted to a nearby Broetje apple orchard. There, the herbicide caused $5.4 million in damages.
Martinez said he checked the weather and accounted for wind when he was spraying, but according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture the wind was heading toward the orchard.