Proposed changes to pesticide regs

Posted on Oct 16 2020

The “Proposed Amendment to the Pesticide Regulations” that was published on Sept. 28, 2020, in Volume 42 of the Commonwealth Register is now available for public review and comments.

This proposed amendment seeks to extend the duration of the pesticide applicator certifications from three years to five years. This temporary modification to the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s pesticide regulatory program is intended to mitigate the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

To implement the Governor’s Second Amendment Executive Order 2020-04, under which Directive 11 strongly recommends “social distancing of at least six feet whenever possible and reasonable,” BECQ has reduced the number of persons who may sit for BECQ’s monthly pesticide applicator examination. BECQ recognizes that, as a result, applicators whose certifications have expired or will soon expire may be unable to complete the examination for renewal certification.

BECQ invites the public to review and provide comment on the Proposed Amendment to the Pesticide Regulations by submitting comments in person to BECQ office at the Gualo Rai Center on Middle Road, by mail, or by email.

Mailed comments should be addressed to BECQ administrator Eli D. Cabrera, Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, P.O. Box 501304, Saipan MP, 96950. Emailed comments should be written to:

Comments should contain the subject line “Proposed Amendment to the Pesticide Regulations” or similar. All comments must be received by BECQ no later than Oct. 28, 2020, to be considered by BECQ in preparation of the final adoption of the regulation.

Pursuant to CMC 9104(a)(2), BECQ will fully consider all written and oral submissions respecting the proposed regulations. (PR)

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