DES MOINES (AP) -- An Arkansas crop dusting company involved in the spraying of corn detasslers last month in Marshall County has been ordered to stop flying in Iowa, state agriculture officials said Tuesday.
Officials said Kin Company Ag Aviation, of Beech Grove, Ark., sprayed 36 detasslers on July 22. The detasslers were decontaminated and some were taken to an area hospital where they were treated for symptoms ranging from skin irritation, minor respiratory irritation and nausea.
Dustin Vande Hoef, an agriculture department spokesman, said none of the detasslers have reported any lasting effects.
He said the company's license to fly in Iowa was immediately suspended pending a hearing scheduled before an administrative law judge on Friday.
Vande Hoef said the judge will make a recommendation as to whether the company's license should be permanently revoked, suspended for a specific period of time, of if the company did nothing wrong.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture can levy a fine of up to $500 against the company, but Vande Hoef said the agency likely will not pursue a fine, instead pursing the suspension or revocation of the company's license.
"(A fine) isn't that punitive, I think we'll pursue this because it seems the most appropriate, the most severe," he said.