EPA Proposes Revision of Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule
NPMA Policy Team Analyzing Proposed Changes
The NPMA, a nonprofit organization that supports the pest management industry, is analyzing a new rule proposed by the EPA to regulate certifications for applicators of restricted-use pesticides.
On August 5, the EPA proposed stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides, or RUPs. The goal, according to a press release from the EPA, is to reduce the likelihood of harm from the misapplication of toxic pesticides and ensure a consistent level of protection among states.
The National Pest Management Association, or NPMA, is analyzing the 280-page proposal for the impacts it may have on the pest management agency.
Some of the highlights mentioned by the NPMA in their weekly eNewsletter include:
All certified applicators or non-certified applicators working under direct supervision of a certified applicator must be at least 18 years old to apply RUPs.
Certified applicators supervising a noncertified applicator will have added responsibilities, including being certified in the category of the application being performed by the noncertified applicator.
Commercial applicators must be recertified every 3 years, including 6 CEUs for core application and 6 CEUs per specific category - half of these must be earned in the 18 months preceding expiration.
Some states already mandate the changes put forth by the EPA; those states that do not will have to raise the minimum standards in their state plans. Although the changes only apply to applicators of RUPs, certification and training laws in every state will have to be altered to come into compliance. These changes will most likely impact the use of general pesticides by pest management professionals, according to NPMA.
After the rule has been published in the federal register, it will be open for a 90-day public comment period. Once it has been published, comment on the proposed changes by going to regulations.gov and searching for EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183.
The proposal does provide for a 4-year delay of implementation for existing state certification plans.
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