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Pesticide Statutes, Regulations, and Policies

Under Sections 33-0301 and -0303 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), the department has jurisdiction in all matters pertaining to the distribution, sale, use and transportation of pesticides. We also regulate the registration, commercial use, purchase and custom application of pesticides.

Pesticides, properly used for the control of insects, fungi, weeds, and nematodes, and as defoliants, desiccants, and plant regulators and for related purposes, are valuable, important and necessary to the welfare, health, economic well-being and productive and industrial capabilities of the people of this state. However, such materials, if improperly used, may injure health, property and wildlife. It is a matter of legislative determination that the regulation of the registration, commercial use, purchase and custom application of pesticides is needed.

For compliance and enforcement purposes, the Department promulgates regulations pursuant to State laws, and issues policies as a part of compliance assistance.

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