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Lincoln man convicted of COVID-related EPA violation – fr

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Lincoln man convicted of COVID-related EPA violation – fr


LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – A Lincoln man was convicted on Thursday of selling an unregistered pesticide as a mask disinfectant.

Officials said Brandon Weber, 47, of Lincoln, was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation for the illegal sale of an unregistered pesticide. Weber was ordered to pay a fine of $ 300.

According to officials, on April 5, 2020, Weber posted an advertisement on Craigslist for a product he advertised as “Ionic Colloidal Silver.” The title of the ad was “Disinfectant to help with the homemade mask – $ 15.” On April 6, 2020, Weber released a second ad titled “Disinfectant * -Antibacterial – Ionic Colloidal Silver – 20 ppm – $ 15.” Both advertisements were made for the geographic location of the Lincoln, Nebraska area.

The listings claimed the product could “be sprayed onto your homemade mask material and when germs come in contact with the ionic silver particles, the silver destroys their DNA structure and kills them.” The ads further stated: ” [t]The added benefit of using this type of disinfectant is that the microscopic silver ions remain on the material to kill future germs upon contact. Just breathe as you see fit. In addition, the listings referred to a document titled “EPA Certified Silver Ionic Disinfectant Effective Against 2009 H1N1 Flu Strain.”

On April 16, 2020, an EPA undercover agent contacted Weber to set up a controlled purchase of the “Ionic Colloidal Silver” product. The undercover officer met with Weber on April 17, 2020 to purchase five one-gallon bottles of the product at a cost of $ 40 per gallon for a total of $ 200. During that meeting, Weber told the undercover officer that he makes this product at home and can produce five to ten gallons per day.

Weber instructed the infiltrator to spray the product directly onto fabric masks or clothing and that the product could be used as a hand sanitizer. Weber handed over the undercover agent’s documentation and a list of reference documents. The papers included a study titled “Antibacterial Activity of Money-Killed Bacteria: The ‘Zombie Effect’” and a compilation of various product advertisements with the headline “This article is provided for reference. [sic] use only to explain how ionic silver works as a [sic] antibacterial. That same day, Weber delivered a quarter sample of “Ionic Colloidal Silver” to the Nebraska State Patrol with reference materials on the product. Weber knew that this product was not registered with the EPA.

On April 22, 2020, a search warrant was executed at Weber’s residence in Lincoln, Nebraska. During the execution of the search warrant, the police located a machine to manufacture the product “Ionic Colloidal Silver” and other products associated with the manufacture of the product.

Weber was interviewed and admitted to posting the ads to sell “ionic colloidal silver,” sell the product to the undercover officer, and distribute a sample to the Nebraska State Patrol.

The product “Ionic Colloidal Silver” which was sold by Weber to the infiltrator has been submitted to the National Enforcement Investigations Center of the EPA for testing. The NEIC found that the silver concentration was greater than the 20 ppm of total silver Weber represented.

The Federal Insecticides, Fungicides, and Rodenticides Act regulates the distribution, sale, and use of all pesticides in the United States, including antimicrobial pesticides. Antimicrobial pesticides are substances used to destroy or suppress the growth of harmful microorganisms – such as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – on inanimate objects and surfaces. All pesticides distributed or sold in the United States must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. Registrants of antimicrobial pest control products who claim to control microbes that pose a threat to public health must additionally submit information to support these public health claims.

This matter was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA-CID was assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Internal Revenue Service in executing the search warrant at Weber’s residence.

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