PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED ON PESTICIDE RULE AMENDMENTS
The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will conduct a
public hearing Wed., Feb. 21, on proposed amendments to state pesticide
"This proposal is the result of considerable effort and discussion involving
the department and numerous stakeholders over the past several years.
It addresses the need for prudent pesticide use while protecting public
health and the environment," said DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn.
Existing pesticide rules govern the licensing of commercial pesticide
applicators, pesticide dealers and private applicators such as farmers.
The rules also outline public notification procedures for various types
of pesticide applications, and regulate the sale of hazardous pesticides
and other aspects of pesticide use.
The rule amendments would upgrade training requirements for commercial
pesticide applicators, increase licensing requirements for private pesticide
applicators such as farmers, and prohibit false or misleading advertising
of pesticide products such those falsely claiming to be organic or environmentally
The rule amendments also would prohibit non-agricultural aerial application
of broad-spectrum chemical pesticides and instead would require the use
of biological controls or least hazardous alternatives when conducting,
for example, community gypsy moth control spraying. Exceptions would include
significant pest outbreaks.
In addition, the amendments would establish a notification system for
outdoor pesticide applications within 250 feet of school grounds, when
using high-pressure equipment that is more likely to cause the pesticide
The public hearing will be held 9 a.m. at the Office of Administrative
Law, 9 Quakerbridge Plaza, Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton Twp., Mercer County.
Written comments may be sent to: Janis E. Hoagland, Attn: DEP Docket #01-01-01/218,
DEP Office of Legal Affairs, PO Box 402, Trenton, NJ 08625.
The proposal appears in the Feb. 5 "New Jersey Register." It can also
be viewed at www.state.nj.us/dep/enforcement/pcp
or obtained by calling the DEP's Pesticide Control Program at 609-984-6510.
The public comment period concludes March 7.