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Public Hearing On Pesticides Rules In Maine - October 7   
Public Hearing On Pesticides Rules In Maine - October 7

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will hold a public hearing on October 7th at 9:30 a.m. at the Hampton Inn on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville. The BPC is proposing one new rule and changes to three existing rules (more information below).

You may share comments at the hearing on October 7 or submit them in writing by October 21 - the deadline for all comments.

PROPOSED NEW RULE

Chapter 33 - Certification and Licensing Provisions/Private Applicators of General Use Pesticides: The new rule would establish the procedures for taking exams, applying for a license, and documenting continuing education requirements for certain farmers who will soon need to obtain a Private Applicator of General Use Pesticides License. The new license requirement arises from a recent public law enacted by the Maine Legislature in the spring of 2011. Public Law 2011, Chapter 169, will require growers who use only general use pesticides and annually sell more than $1,000 of plant or plant products intended for human consumption to obtain the new license by April 1, 2015. The new law also specifies that licensees will need to pass an exam to demonstrate competency in pest management and the use of pesticides, and receive one hour of continuing education annually in order to maintain the license. A three-year license will cost $15.

Explanation: Mandated by recent legislation.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO EXISTING RULES

Chapter 28—Notification Provisions for Outdoor Pesticide Applications: The amended rule would implement a change mandated by a new law enacted by the Maine Legislature in the spring of the 2011. Public Law 2011, Chapter 332, specifies that the current 500-foot notification distance contained in Chapter 28 of the Board’s rules be modified to allow for notification up to 1,000 feet for aerial applications.

Explanation: Mandated by recent legislation.
 

Chapter 41—Special Restrictions on Pesticide Use: The amended rule would eliminate the requirement for training prior to purchasing or using genetically modified corn containing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) genes.

Explanation: Requested by an agricultural consultant who believes that training is no longer necessary for Bt corn because little has changed with the use of the product. The consultant stated there is a network of experienced growers and agricultural experts who can provide guidance to new users.
 

Chapter 60—Designation of Critical Pesticide Control Areas: The amended rule would remove the designation of critical pesticide control area surrounding the Deblois Fish Hatchery.

Explanation: This amendment was requested by a constituent because the area so designated no longer contains a fish hatchery.
 

COPIES OF PROPOSED NEW AND AMENDED RULES

The proposed new and amended rules may be viewed at www.thinkfirstspraylast.org/laws/rulemaking.htm. Copies may be obtained from the Board of Pesticides Control office (see contact information below).
 

THERE ARE TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS

COMMENT AT THE PUBLIC HEARING

Date: Friday, October 7, 2011
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Hampton Inn, Colby/Thomas Room, 425 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville

SUBMIT COMMENTS IN WRITING

Contact: Henry S. Jennings, Director
Maine Board of Pesticides Control
28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0028
Telephone: 207-287-2731
FAX: 207-624-5035
E-mail: henry.jennings@maine.gov
Website: www.thinkfirstspraylast.org/laws/rulemaking.htm

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: 5:00 PM, Friday, October 21, 2011


Posted on 9/15/2011 (Archive on 10/6/2011)
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