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Glyphosate Reporting Requirement

Subdivision 12 of Section 33-1301 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) prohibits the use of glyphosate by state agencies, state departments, public benefit corporations, or their contractors and subcontractors on state property. However, exemptions were written into the law to allow state agencies, state departments, public benefit corporations or their contractors and subcontractors to apply glyphosate on state properties under limited circumstances for critical uses.

State departments, state agencies, and public benefit corporations must report all applications of glyphosate products on state property to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) by January 15th for applications conducted during the previous calendar year. Glyphosate applications on state property made by contractors or subcontractors of state departments, state agencies, or public benefit corporations must also be captured in the report. Contractors and subcontractors may report their glyphosate applications on behalf of the state department, state agency, or public benefit corporation that has contracted with them, but it is the responsibility of the state department, state agency, or public benefit corporation to ensure that all glyphosate applications are reported to the DEC accurately and on time.

The following information must be reported using the Glyphosate Reporting Form developed by DEC:

  • The official name of the state department, state agency, or public benefit corporation
  • The pesticide agency or pesticide business registration number, if applicable*
  • The pesticide product name
  • The USEPA Registration Number of the pesticide product
  • The amount of pesticide product applied
  • The location of application (in cases where address is not standard, use mile marker, or cross-roads)

*Reports submitted by contractors or subcontractors related to ECL Section 33-1301 Subdivision 12 must use the agency or business registration number (if applicable) of the state department, state agency, or public benefit corporation that has contracted with them.

The Glyphosate Reporting Form must be submitted electronically by email to glyphosateregs@dec.ny.gov no later than January 15th every year.

The file name of the Glyphosate Reporting Form must include the official name of the state department, state agency, or public benefit corporation making pesticide applications or contracting pesticide applications. Contractors and subcontractors who submit reports must include their official name in the file name in addition to the official name of the state department, state agency, or public benefit corporation that has contracted with them.

  • Example: Name of State Agency_Name of Contractor - Glyphosate Reporting Form.xlsx

State departments, state agencies, and public benefit corporations are required to maintain copies of reports, even if the reports are submitted by a contractor or subcontractor. Copies must be maintained for a minimum of three years following the date(s) of the application(s) and must be available for inspection upon request by the department.

Questions can be directed to pesticidecompliance@dec.ny.gov or call 518-402-8727.

Aquatic Pesticides

A letter was recently signed pertaining to the use of certain pesticides approved as part of the Aquatic Pesticide permitting process.

Intent to Restrict Certain Neonicotinoid Pesticide Products

DEC announced the intent to reclassify certain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticide products as "restricted use" effective January 1, 2023. Products containing imidacloprid, acetamiprid and thiamethoxam that are labeled for foliar and/or widespread outdoor use and/or seed treatment will be reclassified as restricted use. The reclassification will ensure proper use by trained applicators, and require sales and use data to be annually reported to the Department in accordance with the Pesticide Reporting Law. This will provide a practical mechanism for obtaining information on use location and amounts for products which are currently registered as "general use" in New York State and can be used by the general public. Products labeled for directed application to trees and/or the ground around trees and plants are not included.

The following products have been identified as meeting the restriction criteria:

ACETAMIPRID
PRODUCT NUMBER PRODUCT NAME
34704-1096 ANARCHY 30 SG INSECTICIDE
34704-1098 ANARCHY 70 WP INSECTICIDE
8033-141-70506 ASSAIL 30SC INSECTICIDE
8033-21 ACETAMIPRID RTU INSECTICIDE
8033-22 TRISTAR 70 WSP INSECTICIDE
8033-23 ASSAIL 70WP INSECTICIDE
8033-23-70506 ASSAIL 70WP INSECTICIDE
8033-36 ASSAIL 30 SG INSECTICIDE
8033-36-70506 ASSAIL 30SG INSECTICIDE
8033-94 TRISTAR 30 SG INSECTICIDE
91234-14 ARVIDA 30 SG INSECTICIDE
91234-14-5905 OMNI BRAND ACETAMIPRID 30 SG
91234-14-92488 AZOMAR
91234-15-5905 OMNI BRAND ACETAMIPRID 70 WP
THIAMETHOXAM
PRODUCT NUMBER PRODUCT NAME
100-1247 CRUISERMAXX
100-1248 CRUISERMAXX POTATO INSECTICIDE AND FUNGICIDE
100-1283 CRUISERMAXX ADVANCED
100-1283 ADAGE ST
100-1383 CRUISERMAXX VIBRANCE CEREALS
100-1426-34704 EQUITY INSECTICIDE WITH FUNGICIDES
100-1427 CRUISERMAXX EZ
100-1444 CRUISERMAXX POTATO EXTREME
100-1459-1381 WARDEN CX
100-1508 CRUISERMAXX VIBRANCE
100-1527 CRUISER VIBRANCE QUATTRO
100-1527-1381 WARDEN CEREALS WR II
100-1527-5905 SEED SHIELD CEREALS
100-1556 CRUISERMAXX VIBRANCE POTATO
100-1564-1381 WARDEN CEREALS 360
100-1620 CLARIVA ELITE BEANS
100-1638-5905 SEED SHIELD MAX BEANS
100-1647-5905 SEED SHIELD MAX CEREALS
100-941 CRUISER 5FS INSECTICIDE
34704-1101 EQUITY VIP
IMIDACLOPRID
PRODUCT NUMBER PRODUCT NAME
1381-252 NITRO SHIELD IV
2217-909 GORDON'S GRUB NO-MORE GRANULES
228-501 MALLET 0.5G INSECTICIDE
228-501-4 ANNUAL INSECT CONTROL WITH SYSTEMAXX GRUB BEATER 'IT'S THAT SIMPLE'
228-501-7138 AGWAY ANNUAL INSECT CONTROL WITH SYSTEMAXX GRUB CONTROL
228-510-82757 LANDSCAPERS SELECT GRUB CONTROL + FERTILIZER
228-510-8780 ARTHOBAN GRUB AND INSECT CONTROL
228-522 SENATOR 600 FS
228-587-4 ROSE SHIELD SYSTEMIC ROSE & FLOWER CARE 8-12-4
228-587-4 BONIDE SYSTEMIC ROSE & FLOWER CARE
228-587-87245 NUTRITE PROFESSIONAL TURF FERTILIZER WITH MALLET 0.2% INSECTICIDE (VARIOUS FERT BLENDS)
228-587-87245 VALLEY GREEN PROFESSIONAL TURF FERTILIZER WITH MALLET 0.2% INSECTICIDE
228-587-8780 TURF LINE PROFESSIONAL TURF FERTILIZER WITH MALLET 0.2% INSECTICIDE
228-587-8780 ARTHOBAN GRUB AND INSECT CONTROL PLUS FERTILIZER
228-610-10404 LESCO INSECTUS PLUS FERTILIZER
228-610-32802 PENNINGTON SEED MALLET PLUS LAMBDA WITH FERTILIZER
228-610-47956 TURF KING FERTILIZER WITH IMI-LAMBDA GRANULAR T&O INSECTICIDE
228-610-87245 NUTRITE PROFESSIONAL TURF FERTILIZER WITH MALLET-LAMBDA INSECTICIDE (VARIOUS FERT BLENDS)
228-610-87245 VALLEY GREEN PROFESSIONAL TURF FERTILIZER WITH MALLET-LAMBDA INSECTICIDE (VARIOUS BLENDS)
228-610-9198 17-0-3 FERTILIZER WITH GRUBOUT PLUS
264-1186 RAXIL PRO SHIELD INSECTICIDE AND FUNGICIDE
264-957 GAUCHO 480 FLOWABLE
264-968 GAUCHO 600 FLOWABLE
264-968 ACCELERON IX-409 INSECTICIDE SEED TREATMENT
264-968-524 ACCELERON IX-409 INSECTICIDE SEED TREATMENT
264-971 GAUCHO XT FLOWABLE
34704-1046 DYNA-SHIELD FOOTHOLD EXTRA
34704-1090 DYNA-SHIELD FOOTHOLD VIROCK
34704-1102 DYNA-SHIELD CONQUEST
34704-940 DYNA-SHIELD IMIDACLOPRID 5
400-576-92661 MY YIELD IX1
42750-133 RESONATE 600 ST
42750-134 RESONATE 480 ST
42750-154-9198 FORTIFY SEASON LONG GRUB CONTROL
42750-207 TEBUSTAR IM ST
432-1339-538 GRUBEX
432-1340-8378 GRO-FINE GRUB PREVENTER WITH MERIT
53883-199-4 ANNUAL GRUB BEATER INSECT CONTROL WITH SYSTEMAXX
53883-205 MARTIN'S DOMINION TREE & SHRUB
53883-205-4 BONIDE SYSTEMIC INSECT SPRAY WITH SYSTEMAXX
53883-205-4 BONIDE ANNUAL TREE & SHRUB INSECT CONTROL WITH SYSTEMAXX
53883-205-7401 FERTI-LOME TREE & SHRUB DRENCH
53883-230-4 BONIDE DURATURF INSECT & GRUB CONTROL
53883-230-50931 JONATHAN GREEN GRUB AND INSECT CONTROL
53883-256-7401 HI-YIELD GRUB FREE ZONE
53883-275-54705 FRUIT TREE & VEGETABLE SYSTEMIC SOIL DRENCH
55146-111 SATIVA IM RTU
55146-113 SATIVA IM MAX
55146-119 SATIVA IMF MAX
55146-119 SATIVA IMF SEMBOLITE MAX
55146-122 SATIVA IMF RTU
55146-153 SPIRATO IMTM 348 FS
5905-577 HELENA IMIDACLOPRID SEED TREATMENT
70506-327 STARTUP IMIDA SEED TREATMENT
74779-14 OPTROL INSECT CONTROL
89168-23-89391 REVIZE IMIDA ST
92564-11 BIOADVANCED SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS DUAL ACTION ROSE & FLOWER INSECT KILLER
92564-12 BIOADVANCED SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS COMPLETE BRAND INSECT KILLER FOR SOIL & TURF CONCENTRATE
92564-12 BIOADVANCED SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS COMPLETE BRAND INSECT KILLER FOR SOIL & TURF READY-TO-SPRAY
92564-13 BIOADVANCED SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS COMPLETE BRAND INSECT KILLER FOR SOIL & TURF READY-TO-SPREAD GRANULES
92564-16 BIOADVANCED SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS SEASON LONG GRUB CONTROL PLUS TURF REVITALIZER READY-TO-SPREAD GRANULES
92564-59 BIOADVANCED SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS HOME PEST INSECT KILLER CONTINUOUS SPRAY
92564-59 BIOADVANCED SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS DUAL ACTION ROSE & FLOWER INSECT KILLER CONTINUOUS SPRAY

Neonicotinoid Reclassification

The following information provides guidance regarding the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) planned reclassification of certain neonicotinoid pesticide products as restricted use pesticides in New York State. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Pesticide Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Section in the Division of Materials Management's Bureau of Pesticides Management at 518-402-8727.

Neonicotinoid pesticides subject to reclassification as restricted use pesticides

Effective January 1, 2023, pesticide products containing imidacloprid, acetamiprid, or thiamethoxam that are labeled for foliar or widespread outdoor use or seed treatment will be reclassified as restricted use. Neonicotinoid pesticides that are labeled for limited ground application directly at the base of trees, shrubs, and plants are not included in the reclassification. A complete list of the pesticide products subject to this action can be found in the tables included above. In addition to this list, pesticide product registration and classification status for all DEC registered pesticide products can be found on the DEC's NYSPAD website.

Restricted use status for a pesticide -- defined

Restricted use status is when a pesticide is only permitted to be purchased, possessed, used, or applied by a certified pesticide applicator or the holder of a pesticide purchase permit. However, in certain situations restricted use pesticides may be applied by someone working under the direct supervision of a certified pesticide applicator when proper training and oversight is provided. The DEC bases pesticide product restriction status on the Environmental Conservation Law and the registration and classification of pesticides regulations, which allows the Commissioner of DEC to classify any pesticide as restricted use in order to protect the public interest and prevent damage or injury to health, property, or wildlife.

Understanding the difference between DEC and US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) restricted use status

Restricted use classification for pesticides can be established on the national level by USEPA or at the State level by DEC. All pesticides classified as restricted use by USEPA are also classified as restricted use by DEC. However, DEC can classify additional pesticides as restricted use to protect the public interest and prevent damage or injury to health, property, or wildlife. Pesticides classified as restricted use by USEPA will have a boxed statement on the top of the label indicating they are restricted use. While pesticides restricted by DEC only, and not by USEPA, will not have this label statement. In the case of this neonicotinoid reclassification, the listed neonicotinoid pesticides are DEC restricted and will not contain this label statement.

The reason DEC seeks to reclassify these neonicotinoid pesticide products

The intent to reclassify these neonicotinoid pesticide products is an important step in protecting New York's environmental resources, including pollinators. This reclassification will ensure proper use of these pesticide products and restrict the sale of products. In addition, the sales and use data reported to the DEC associated with the application of these restricted use pesticides, which includes use location and amounts, will be evaluated and assist DEC in further protecting New York's environmental resources.

Reclassification -- the impact on pesticide applicators and residential users

This reclassification will result in allowing only certified pesticide applicators to purchase and possess these pesticide products. In addition, certified applicators, and in certain situations, people working under their direct supervision will be allowed to use and apply these pesticide products. Uncertified individuals, including residential users, will not be permitted to purchase, possess, and apply these pesticide products. However, under certain circumstances uncertified users may apply to the DEC for a pesticide purchase permit. If a purchase permit is provided, the applicator will be permitted to purchase, possess, use and apply the permitted pesticide product. The agricultural purchase permit form can be found on the DEC's website.

Actions to take if you are not a certified pesticide applicator and currently have these pesticide products

If you have one of the listed pesticide products they can be possessed, used, and applied until December 31, 2022. However, before January 1, 2023, you must either: use or dispose of the product, distribute the pesticide products to a certified pesticide applicator, become a certified pesticide applicator, or obtain a pesticide purchase permit to remain compliant with the requirements of this DEC reclassification. Information on pesticide applicator certification and the agricultural purchase permit form can be found on the DEC's website. Under certain circumstances, a purchase permit may allow possession and use of these products while inventory is being exhausted. After January 1, 2023, purchase, possession, distribution, or application of these pesticide products without a pesticide applicator certification or a purchase permit will be illegal.

Information for retailers that sell these pesticide products

If you are a retailer and sell these pesticide products, you can continue to sell listed products until December 31, 2022. However, as of January 1, 2023, you will be required to obtain a commercial permit from the DEC to sell these restricted use pesticides and you may only sell them to certified applicators or purchase permit holders. Sale of restricted use pesticides without a commercial permit is illegal.

Information pertaining to the possible use of these reclassified neonicotinoid pesticides by a commercial pesticide apprentice, certified commercial pesticide technician, or people working under the supervision of a certified private pesticide applicator

The reclassification of neonicotinoid pesticide products to restricted use will result in these products being DEC restricted, not USEPA restricted. Therefore, off-site direct supervision will continue to be allowed for these neonicotinoid pesticide products after they are reclassified as state restricted pesticides. However, if they become federally restricted in the future, off-site direct supervision would not be appropriate for apprentices or people working under the direct supervision of a certified private pesticide applicator. In addition, supervising certified pesticide applicators should also review the other regulatory requirements associated with direct supervision. For example, if a label requires on-site direct supervision, the certified pesticide applicator must provide this oversight.

USEPA registration numbers

The USEPA registration numbers will not change with this reclassification.

nForm

Introducing nForm, a new online tool. Pesticide applicators can now:

  • Apply online to renew applicator certification
  • Update address and contact information
  • Request a replacement identification card
  • Sign up for pesticide certification exams

Click this link to use the online tool - nForm

Pesticide Management YouTube Videos

DEC's Bureau of Pesticide Management has recently produced a series of six informative YouTube videos discussing a range of pesticide-related topics. Each of the videos include both an English-language and Spanish-language version. A full list of links and descriptions are found below. (links leave DEC website).

FIFRA and Regulatory Agency:

Are you concerned about the use of pesticides in your community? Let's take a minute to talk about the regulatory structures in place to protect your health and the health of the environment.

Spanish

FIFRA y las agencias reguladoras:

¿Le preocupa el uso de pesticidas en su comunidad? Tomemos un minuto para hablar sobre las estructuras regulatorias vigentes para proteger su salud y la salud del medio ambiente.

What is a Pesticide?

Pesticides encompass a broad category of substances. Learn what constitutes a pesticide and the many ways pesticides are used.

Spanish

¿Qué es un pesticida?

Los pesticidas abarcan una amplia categoría de sustancias. Aprenda qué constituye un pesticida y las muchas formas en que se usan.

Minimum Risk Pesticides:

Certain pesticide products are exempt from federal registration because they are relatively safe for human health and the environment. These substances can be a good choice, but it's important to know they are still pesticides.

Spanish

Pesticidas de riesgo mínimo:

Ciertos productos pesticidas están exentos del registro federal porque se consideran relativamente seguros para la salud humana y el medio ambiente. Estas sustancias pueden ser una buena opción, pero es importante saber que siguen siendo pesticidas.

Requesting and Reading a Pesticide Label :

When it comes to pesticides, the label is the law. Whether you are hiring a professional applicator or applying pesticides yourself, understanding the pesticide label is a necessary step to using pesticides correctly.

Spanish

Solicitar y leer una etiqueta de pesticida

Cuando se trata de pesticidas, la etiqueta es la ley. Ya sea que contrate a un aplicador profesional o aplique pesticidas usted mismo, comprender la etiqueta del pesticida es un paso necesario para usarlos correctamente.

Talking About Pesticides:

Are you trying to decide if you should hire an exterminator or do it yourself? Let's talk about what you can and cannot apply as a landlord or superintendent.

Spanish

Hablando de Pestididas

¿Está tratando de decidir si debe contratar a un exterminador o hacerlo usted mismo? Hablemos de lo que puede y no puede solicitar como propietario o superintendente.

Pesticide Pollution Prevention:

From cradle to grave, it is important to make sure that pesticides are used according to label directions and disposed of properly. Properly using, storing, and disposing of pesticides will prevent pollution and potential harm to people and wildlife.

Spanish

Prevención de contaminación por pesticidas:

Desde la creación hasta la eliminación, es importante asegurarse de que los pesticidas se utilicen de acuerdo con las instrucciones de la etiqueta y se eliminen correctamente. El uso, almacenamiento y eliminación adecuados de plaguicidas evitará la contaminación y el daño potencial a las personas y la vida silvestre.

Glyphosate Information

A recent amendment to the Environmental Conservation Law bans any state department, state agency, public benefit corporation or any pesticide applicator employed as a contractor or subcontractor to apply glyphosate on state property. However, there are exemptions to this ban to maintain critical infrastructure, manage roadside vegetation to ensure public safety, for the control of invasive species and pests of significant public health importance, and for research purposes. The law is effective December 31, 2021. A DEC letter regarding compliance with this amendment to the Environmental Conservation Law

Chlorpyrifos Pesticide Registration Cancellations and Proposed Regulation

July 21, 2021: DEC announced a regulatory revision to 6 NYCRR Part 326 to prohibit the sale, distribution, possession, and use of pesticide products containing the active ingredient chlorpyrifos. This regulatory revision was effective July 31, 2021.

December 31, 2020: the New York State pesticide registrations were canceled for 29 pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos and on July 31, 2021 the remaining fifteen pesticide products containing the active ingredient were cancelled. When cancelled, pesticide products can no longer be offered for sale or sold, distributed, or used in New York.

Enforcement Discretion - Applicators and Businesses

November 24, 2020: certified pesticide applicators must now have a valid, current certification identification (ID) card in their possession to make any commercial or private applications of pesticides and registered pesticide businesses. Agencies need a current registration to operate as a pesticide business or agency.

February 24, 2021: DEC will assess penalty credits, related to recertification, as prescribed in regulation.

Neighbor Notifications in Spanish Language

2020: ECL now requires that the 48-hour prior notification for certain commercial lawn applications, the information sign posted by retailers, and the visual notification markers posted for residential lawn applications be printed in English and Spanish. Other languages may be necessary. The requirements of the amendments, like the Neighbor Notification Law, effect counties and cities with a population of one million or more, that have adopted a local law to "opt into" the Neighbor Notification Law in its entirety.

Stakeholder Meetings - Pesticide Regulations

DEC held stakeholder webinars to get input, on potential changes to pesticide regulations. Stakeholders heard about potential revisions, expressed views, provided input and participated to help develop comprehensive regulations.

Learn more:

Have input as a stakeholder? Email pestregs@dec.ny.gov.

Looking to provide feedback about aquatic pesticides regulations? Email AQpestregs@dec.ny.gov.

Pesticide Products for Use Against COVID-19

Pesticide products used to disinfect surfaces or objects must be registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and then by DEC. EPA has activated its Emerging Viral Pathogens Guidance for Antimicrobial Products to allow the use of certain EPA-registered disinfectant products against COVID-19.

DEC has created a list of products registered in New York State that correspond to the list of products identified by EPA. The list is posted on the Open Data NY website (leaves DEC website).

Note: This list is subject to change -- check back for updates.

DEC reminds users to follow the label directions for disinfecting surfaces for viruses, including adherence to contact times and appropriate personal protective equipment as listed on each product label.

Read more about COVID-19 on the Coronavirus webpages for the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (leaves DEC website)

Have questions about pesticide products used in relation to COVID-19? Call 518-402-8768 or email ppr@dec.ny.gov

Enforcement Discretion Letters

DEC will exercise its authority to utilize enforcement discretion with respect to certain provisions of the ECL and associated regulations relating to commercial pesticide applicator certification requirements in the following areas:

Read more to find information about how to protect workers from imminent threat of stinging or biting insects in emergency situations:

Pollinator Protection - Learn how to report a "Pollinator Incident" and about resources available for protecting and encouraging pollinators.

Compliance Checklists - A business compliance checklist (PDF) and Worker Protection Standard (WPS) compliance checklist (PDF) have been developed for Registered Pesticide Businesses, Certified Pesticide Applicators, and farmers that can be used to check compliance with basic regulatory requirements.

NYSPAD Product Search - can help get information on all pesticide products registered in New York. Also, pesticide product labels can be viewed or downloaded within the NYSPAD search. Please click on the icon below to enter the NYSPAD search webpage.

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Contact Us

Call or email the Pesticide:

Reporting and Certification Section at 518-402-8748 or PestMgt@dec.ny.gov.

Product Registration Section at 518-402-8768 or PPR@dec.ny.gov.

Compliance Section at 518-402-8727 or PesticideCompliance@dec.ny.gov.

Reporting Law (PRL) section at 518-402-8748 or prl@dec.ny.gov.

Applicator Certification Exam your local DEC office.

PesticidesUpdates Listserv

The PesticidesUpdates list is for DEC to provide the list members with information announcements only.

Sign up for the PesticidesUpdates e-mail notification listserv and get notices sent right to your inbox. Subscribe to DEC Delivers,

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  3. On the "Quick Subscription" page you will see all of the additional topics that you can receive email updates on from DEC. Scroll to the "Prevent and Control Pollution" category and check the box next to "Pesticides."
  4. You will receive a welcome email from DEC confirming your subscription(s).

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