FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009
James Burnette Jr., director
NCDA&CS Structural Pest Control & Pesticides Division
Pesticide Board tightens rules for keeping records
of pesticide use in North Carolina
RALEIGH — The N.C. Pesticide Board approved tighter standards for record-keeping by farmers and others in the state licensed to use pesticides covered under the Worker Protection Standards for Agricultural Pesticides at its meeting Tuesday.
The changes to the state’s pesticide rules will require licensed pesticide applicators to record the date and time each pesticide application was completed, and each application day must be a separate record. The records will also have to be kept for two years.
Previously, pesticide applicators were required to record only the date and approximate time that applications were made, and they had to keep the records for 30 days.
The new standards are aimed at increasing the protection of farm workers from pesticide exposure. The changes were mandated by legislation adopted by the General Assembly last year in response to a state task force’s recommendations.
If the rule changes are approved by the Rules Review Commission, they could take effect March 1.
The Board also adopted revisions to other regulations dealing with pesticide storage to bring North Carolina’s rules on bulk distribution of pesticides and pesticide storage into compliance with new federal requirements. These changes, if approved by the Rules Review Commission, could also take effect March 1.
In other action, the Pesticide Board approved the following settlement agreements:
- James A. Sparks of Green Valley Farms in Columbia agreed to pay $1,600 for improper disposal of pesticide containers. An inspector found burned pesticide containers at the farm, which is against state law.
- Wade Lamb of Dixie Chemical Co., Inc. in New Bern agreed to pay $900 for selling a restricted-use pesticide to a non-certified applicator.
- Samuel B. Church, owner of Church’s Nursery and Evergreens in Fleetwood, agreed to pay $1,200 after two pesticide handlers at the nursery may have been exposed to pesticides while working. An inspector found that the nursery had failed to post pesticide application records or provide its pesticide handlers with knowledge of labeling and site-specific information. Church also failed to have complete pesticide application records or decontamination supplies for emergency eye flushing.
- Benjamin L. Lynch of Mill Spring agreed to pay $300 for using a pesticide containing methyl parathion in his apple orchard that poisoned bees. There are no approved pesticides containing methyl parathion labeled for use on apples. It is unlawful to use any pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
- John F. Ireland of Dunn agreed to pay $500 for applying a 2,4-D Amine herbicide to his horse pasture and damaging an adjacent cotton field.