Ex-Terminix Employee Indicted in Virgin Islands Fumigation Incident

Jose Rivera was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

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April 16, 2018
Edited by the PCT Staff

***Updated on 4/17 at 10 a.m., to note that Rivera is no longer a Terminix employee***

A former Terminix employee has been charged in relation to 2015 pesticide use at a US Virgin Islands resort that left a Delaware family gravely ill, CNN reported.

Jose Rivera was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), according to CNN.

The indictment says Rivera used fumigants containing methyl bromide in multiple locations in the Virgin Islands, including the St. John resort where the family that became ill was staying in March 2015, CNN reported.

Methyl bromide can cause serious health problems, including central nervous system and respiratory system damage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA banned indoor use of methyl bromide in 1984.

As reported by CNN, the indictment alleges Rivera knowingly applied banned fumigants at the Sirenusa resort in St. John in October 2014 and March 2015. Prosecutors said Rivera also applied restricted-use pesticide in eight residential units in St. Croix and one unit in St. Thomas between April 2013 and February 2015.