A mold removal company has pleaded guilty to environmental felony charges after falsely claiming its products could protect against COVID-19, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.
PurEnvironment, a Utah-based company, claimed that its mold removal products could provide “over 90 days of protection” against COVID-19.
The Environmental Protection Agency has only approved the pesticide the company uses to inhibit mold and other bacteria; it is not approved for use against viruses.
The company was sentenced to one year of probation, ordered to pay a fine of $ 15,000 and to comply with state and federal regulations, according to a press release.
No person or company is known to have hired PurEnvironment for its services.
Ferguson said the company had been operating in Washington since 2018 and used the products without properly registering them for use.
PurEnvironment claimed in March 2020 that services could “completely rid the surfaces of your home and businesses of COVID-19” and protect you from the virus for 90 days.
In July 2020, the EPA sent a notice to the company saying the claims made were likely false and misleading.
KIRO 7 covered the business in April 2020 and featured a local gym on the show. The gymnasium featured in the story “refused to pay for the illegal services it received,” according to a press release.
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