Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pesticide Application Permit Public Hearings in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled a series of public hearings to solicit input on a proposed NPDES General Permit for pesticide applications. Due to a federal court decision, persons who spray or apply pesticides to areas where the pesticide residues can end up in a water body will soon have to meet the requirements of a permit issued by the DNR.

The IDNR has scheduled hearings as follows:

• September 28, 2010, Atlantic, IA.
• September 29, 2010, Clear Lake, IA.
• September 30, 2010, Storm Lake, IA.
• October 5, 2010, Manchester, IA.
• October 6, 2010, Washington, IA.
• October 7, 2010, Des Moines, IA.

Any interested person can also submit written comments on the proposed rules on or before October 13, 2010.

The DNR intends to discuss the criteria in the draft permit that determine which pesticide applicators will be required to submit a notice of intent for coverage under the permit to the DNR in addition to their current duties as pesticide applicators. DNR also intends to discuss whether more or less pesticide application types should be covered under the permit, if the operator definition is clear and reasonable, and if the permit requirements are overly burdensome or unattainable.

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