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PDA Analyzes Proposed Changes in Pesticide Certification Requirements

Wednesday, September 30, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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PesticideHARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has developed materials comparing changes proposed by EPA in the pesticide applicator licensing program.

Among the changes proposed in the new rules:

  • More stringent requirements for pesticide applicator licensing;
  • Education and safety training requirements for non-licensed applicators working under the supervision of a certified applicator;
  • Establishes a minimum age of 18 for pesticide applicator licensing;
  • Requires candidates for certification and recertification to present identification;
  • Requires certification exams to be closed book and proctored;
  • Certification exams must be written;
  • Requires dealers of restricted use pesticides to maintain records of sales;
  • Requires specific information on the credential (license) issued to a certified applicator.

PDA has produced three documents that will help you understand the scope of the proposed changes:

You may review the proposed new regulations in their entirety by clicking here. Please review the new rules and send any comments directly to EPA with a copy to PLNA. PLNA will be reviewing the regulations and compiling its own comments to meet the November 23, 2015 comment deadline.

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