As West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases have increased, widespread spraying programs have become common in other U.S. states.
In 2012, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) adopted emergency legislation to allow widespread spraying for mosquitoes when the CDC declares a high threat level. That emergency legislation will expire before the summer of 2013, when mosquito activity will begin to rise again, so the board plans to undertake rulemaking that will allow for widespread spraying if a threat to public health from EEE or WNV occurs.
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control is proposing amendments to its existing pesticide rules to allow for public-health, mosquito-control programs. Read the proposed amendments.
MOFGA has expressed concern about the impact these programs would have on Maine’s organic farmers and gardeners and sensitive populations. We continue to engage the board in discussions about the efficacy of spraying programs and the option of individual landowners to “opt out” of the spray zone.
A public hearing on this issue is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., Room 319, Deering Building, 90 Blossom Lane, Augusta.
Written comments may be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15 to Henry S. Jennings, Director, Maine Board of Pesticides Control, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0028, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated February 14, 2013