The USEPA issued changes to the decades old Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and the changes now require employers to train any employees who work with pesticides or pesticide equipment. The changes went into effect on January 2, 2017 and are effective immediately. Under the previous rules, the training requirements mostly applied to "workers" and not "handlers." That is no longer the case. Training of handler employees must be done annually, and prior to any employee starting any pesticide handling activity. Even farmers who employ persons who are not immediate family members must train their pesticide handler employees. With the warm winter temperatures, some of you may be considering the early application of herbicides. Please know that even your employees who are licensed as commercial pesticide operators MUST receive the WPS training before they perform any pesticide handling duties. Only Certified Commercial Applicators are exempt from the training requirement; operators are NOT exempt. IFCA has provided a simple overview of the requirements (click here) and we've listed training resources on our website at www.ifca.com under "In the News." USEPA has provided ...more
Click the document below for the Part 255 Illinois Department of Agriculture containment regulations for the bulk storage and handling of fertilizers and pesticides for commercial, non-commercial and on-farm facilities.
We've been getting calls asking how the new USEPA rules apply to farmers who own their own minibulks. If this is the case, and the farmer asks you to refill their minibulk, the minibulk must meet all the requirements of the new rule including: it must be a DOT approved package, the tank must be on the registrant's approved list of packages, it must have a unique identification number, contain one-way valves or tamper evident devices, and retesting is required every 2.5 years from date of manufacture. The tank must also be properly labeled for the product it contains. If the farmer brings the tank to you for refilling and the one-way valve or tamper evident devices are not intact, proof that the tank was properly cleaned must be provided by the farmer in writing to the refiller, or the refiller needs to clean the tank before filling it. Remember that minibulks that you use in your custom application business are "service containers" and are not subject to this regulation. USEPA has provided an updated powerpoint presentation that provides a good overview of the rule with commonly asked questions. You ...more
Click on the heading to access the instructions for getting a NPDES pesticide permit from Illinois EPA.
Click the heading above for a chart that explains the difference between a "service container" and a "Portable Refillable Container."
Tier II chemical inventory reports and Pesticide Production reports are always due on March 1 of each year. On the Pesticide Production report, even if you don't have any repack gallons to report, you must report "0 gallons." Contact IFCA for assistance.