May 19, 2017
Farmers and ranchers now have more time to train for and comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final revised Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators (C&T) rule, thanks to a 12-month implementation extension.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the delay May 11 after receiving feedback from state officials and stakeholders.
"In order to achieve both environmental protection and economic prosperity, we must give the regulated community, which includes farmers and ranchers, adequate time to come into compliance with regulations,” Pruitt said. “Extending the timeline for implementation of this rule will enable EPA to consult with states; assist with education, training and guidance; and prevent unnecessary burdens from overshadowing the rule's intended benefits.”
C&T rule revisions for certified applicators will
- Strengthen competency standards
- Establish certification categories for certain application methods
- Create a mandatory five-year certification period for private and commercial applicators
- Eliminate a special process allowing nonreaders to be certified as private applicators
The revisions also require those administering restricted-use pesticides to be at least 18 years old and present government-issued identification when applying for certification.
Click here to view final rule changes.