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Nevada Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training

Nevada Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Program

Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (Nevada Department of Agriculture)

State and federal laws require that only certified applicators may apply or supervise the application of Restricted-Use Pesticides (RUP). To become certified in Nevada, applicators must pass an exam administered by the Department of Agriculture. Please contact any Department of Agriculture office to schedule an appointment. Individuals wishing to become certified will have an opportunity to attend limited training sessions and limited testing sessions.

Nevada certified applicators are able to renew a current or valid certification by accruing pesticide Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This is an optional way of renewal, as a certified applicator may also renew by re-examination. Should a Nevada certified applicator choose the CEU renewal option, that applicator will need to accrue 12 total CEU, with at least 2 of the CEUs being in "Laws". The CEUs must be obtained during the applicators valid certification period. There is no "grace period". To renew your certification by CEUs, download and complete the RUP Application and Continuing Education Record Renewal Summary. Page two of the download provides detailed information on this program.

Licensed pesticide applicators are those persons who apply pesticides for hire. To become licensed, an applicator must pass a more rigorous exam administered by Nevada Department of Agriculture. There are specific requirements for education, experience, and background checks for licensed (for-hire) applicators. Licensed applicators must complete six hours of continuing education units, including 1 hour of safety and 1 hour of law each year to keep their business license. If licensed applicators apply restricted use pesticides, they must be certified as well as licensed.

Approved CEU classes can be viewed by visiting the Nevada CEU website.

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has made the "Nevada Pesticide Applicator's Certification Workbook" (SP-87-07, revised December, 2008) available for downloading. Please note, this file is about 1MB (190 pages) to download and requires Adobe Acrobat to view. You may also purchase both the Nevada Pesticide Applicator's Certification Workbook and the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual at your local Nevada Cooperative Extension Office. These two manuals are sold as a set for $10.00.

Regulatory Updates

Soil Fumigant Phase 2 Labels Take Effect

As of December 1, 2012, a final set of soil fumigant product label changes went into effect, fully implementing important new protections for workers and bystanders. The amended product labels incorporate the second and final phase of mitigation measures required by the EPA's 2009 Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) for the soil fumigants methyl bromide, chloropicrin, metam sodium/metam potassium, and dazomet. Fully implementing the new risk mitigation measures represents a sea change in worker and public protection. These measures will help protect workers, handlers and bystanders from exposure to potentially harmful airborne concentrations of the fumigant pesticides.

The new measures appearing on soil fumigant Phase 2 labels include buffer zones and posting, emergency preparedness and response measures, training for certified applicators supervising applications, Fumigant Management Plans, and notice to State Lead Agencies who wish to be informed of applications in their states. Measures added to labels in the first phase of implementation included Phase 1 Fumigant Management Plans, good agricultural practice requirements, and new worker protection measures among other things. Phase 1 labels were approved in 2010.

After December 1, 2012, only soil fumigant products bearing the Phase 2 measures may be sold and distributed by registrants. Distributors and retailers who are not registrants may sell and distribute existing stocks of products bearing Phase 1 labels until their supplies are exhausted. Likewise, growers and applicators may apply products bearing old labels until those supplies have been exhausted.

The newly approved labels are available through the Pesticide Product Label System (PPLS) at www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppls. Visit the Office of Pesticide Programs' Soil Fumigant Toolbox at www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/soil_fumigants/ for more information about soil fumigants and new requirements for their safe use.

New Restrictions on the Use of Chlorpyrifos

EPA is requiring significant reductions in application rates of pesticide chlorpyrifos, and mandatory buffers around sensitive sites to protect children and other bystanders who live, attend school, play, or otherwise spend time next to sites where chlorpyrifos is applied. Read more: http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2012/chlorpyrifos.html

To increase protection for children and other bystanders, the lower application rates and other spray drift mitigation measures ensure that any chlorpyrifos exposure outside the application site will not reach harmful levels. Maximum aerial application rates are being significantly reduced from about 6 pounds per acre to about 2 pounds per acre. Other new mitigation measures include buffer zones for ground and aerial applications around sensitive sites such as residential lawns, homes, sidewalks, outdoor recreational areas, and all property associated with buildings typically occupied by people.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's NPDES permit for Aquatic Pesticide

On October 31, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's NPDES permit for Aquatic Pesticide applications was signed. Congressional action was ineffective in further delaying implementation of the permit.

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Bureau of Water Pollution Control (BWPC) has issued National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit NVG870001 for pesticide discharges in the State of Nevada. This permit authorizes qualifying operators to discharge pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides and insecticides to Waters of the U.S. provided that they comply with all permit conditions.

Pesticide applicators who exceed the thresholds found in the permit are required to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) for their discharges. Applicators are encouraged to review the thresholds and plan ahead for next year's applications.

More information can be found at http://ndep.nv.gov/bwpc/pesticide.htm

A copy of the NDEP notice of decision can be found at http://ndep.nv.gov/bwpc/docs/nvg870001_notice_descision.pdf

Fumigants

EPA is requiring important new safety measures for the soil fumigant pesticides chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium/potassium, and methyl bromide. For an EPA fact sheet on the implementation schedule and changes, see www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/soil_fumigants/factsheets/sfm-implementation-sched.pdf.

For more information on specific fumigants and management plan templates, go to: www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/soil_fumigants/soil-fum-chemicals.html. To access the EPA Soil Fumigant Toolbox, go to www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/soil_fumigants/

As of January 1, 2012, applicators currently holding fumigation certification Category L will be required to complete certification requirements to obtain at least one fumigant sub-category to maintain their certification. Sub-categories include L1 (commodity fumigation); L2 (rodent burrow fumigation); L3 (soil fumigation) and L4 (structural fumigation). For information on trainings and requirements for applicators, call Jon Carpenter at Nevada Department of Agriculture, 775-353-3715.