The Board of Pesticides Control adopted amendments to seven chapters.
A Public Hearing was held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM and written comments were accepted until 5:00 PM August 22, 2014. The Board adopted amendments on October 24, 2014.
Five rules are complete:
Chapter 20 Special Provisions—Adds a requirement for applicators making outdoor treatments to residential properties to implement a system to positively identify application sites in a manner approved by the Board. This requirement has been in policy for several years.
Chapter 31 Certification and Licensing Provisions/Commercial Applicators—Three amendments:
- Clarifies that certain applications are exempt from commercial licensing requirements. These were in policy:
- Adults applying repellents to children with the consent of parents/guardians;
- Persons installing antimicrobial metal hardware.
- Exempts aerial applicators certified in other states from passing a written regulation exam and allows for issuance of reciprocal licensing when the staff determines that an urgent pest issue exists and when staff verbally reviews pertinent Maine laws with the applicator.
- Shortens the time period a person must wait before re-taking an exam they have failed to 6 days.
Chapter 32 Certification and Licensing Provisions/Private Applicator—Shortens the time period a person must wait before re-taking an exam they have failed to 6 days.
Chapter 33 Certification & Licensing Provisions/Private Applicators of General Use Pesticides
(Agricultural Basic License)—Shortens the time period a person must wait before re-taking an exam they have failed to 6 days.
Chapter 41 Special Restrictions on Pesticide Use—Amends Section 3 to eliminate the restrictions on hexazinone relative to pesticide distributors and air-assisted application equipment.
Two rules need legislative review before being finally adopted. Copies of the amended chapters can be downloaded below. Language to be removed from the chapter is struck out, additions are underlined.
Chapter 22 Standards for Outdoor Application of Pesticides by Powered Equipment in Order to Minimize Off-Target Deposition [PDF]—Eliminates the requirement of identifying sensitive areas for commercial applications conducted under categories 6A (rights-of-way vegetation management), 6B (industrial/commercial/municipal vegetation management) and 7E (biting fly & other arthropod vectors [ticks]).
Chapter 28 Notification Provisions for Outdoor Pesticide Applications [PDF]—Adds to the list of categories that require posting: 6B (industrial/commercial/municipal vegetation management) except when making applications to sidewalks and trails, power substations, and railroad sidings; and 7E (biting fly & other arthropod vectors [ticks]). Requires notice per Board policy for applications to sidewalks and trails under 6B (industrial/commercial/municipal vegetation management).