Wednesday, June 6, 2012

MPCA and MDNR Share Pesticide Permit Requirements

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will use the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) aquatic plant management permit to fulfill Clean Water Act requirements on application of aquatic pesticides to control aquatic plants. Both agencies are working together to make certain that pesticide discharges to waters are controlled to protect aquatic communities and water quality.
During permit writing, MPCA found that the Aquatic Plant Management (APM) program administered by the DNR is sufficient to control the discharge of pesticides to meet the conditions of the Clean Water Act and the MPCA’s NPDES/SDS Pesticide General Permit. Therefore, APM Permit Holders do not need to submit an eNOI or a permit fee, regardless of size of the activity. MPCA and DNR are working on an Interagency Agreement so Permit Holder information can be shared between agencies.

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