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ENB - Statewide Notices

Public Notice

Initial Outreach on Proposed Pesticides Residue Removal Rulemaking

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), states must have an adequate pesticide container residue removal program, in order to maintain their FIFRA authority for certification of pesticide applicators and primary pesticides enforcement. To meet that requirement, the Department of Environmental Conservation's Bureau of Pesticides Management is establishing a State residue removal program; a related proposed State rulemaking is an essential part of that program.

In a nutshell, the Department's proposed rulemaking will address residue removal for refillable and nonrefillable pesticide containers, including requirements regarding: rinsing instructions for container labels; residue removal procedures (registrants provide to refillers), cleaning refillable containers, and a nonrefillable container residue removal standard. A more detailed summary of the proposed rulemaking is available for your information. (See NYSDEC contact information below.)

Request for Input and Meeting Invitation
Outreach to the regulated community and public is an important part of the proposed rulemaking. USEPA has identified the regulated community which must comply with residue removal requirements as: pesticide product registrants, producers, distributors, and refillers as well as commercial pesticide users.

The Bureau of Pesticides Management has mailed outreach materials on the proposed residue removal rulemaking to over 700 members of the regulated community and is seeking input on the proposed provisions. Anyone interested in providing feedback can send comments and respond to a questionnaire developed by the Bureau (see below). In addition, the Bureau plans to hold a meeting (tentatively scheduled for late June 2007 in Albany, NY) to review the summary of provisions and hear feedback.

A summary of residue removal provisions for the proposed rulemaking, the questionnaire, and meeting information are available from:
Mary A. Roy
NYSDEC, Bureau of Pesticides Management
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-7254
E-mail: pesticidecompliance@dec.ny.gov, Fax: 518-402-9024, NYSDEC website http://www.dec.ny.gov/ (see "Chemical and Pollution Control" - "Pesticides")

Important Dates
We ask that interested people provide input and RSVP for the meeting by the following dates:
By May 23, 2007 - please contact the Bureau if you plan to attend our meeting on the Proposed Residue Removal Rulemaking, tentatively scheduled for late June 2007 in Albany, NY.

By June 30, 2007, please mail, e-mail, or fax your comments and completed questionnaire on the rulemaking to NYSDEC.

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