An Act To Simplify and Enhance Pest Control Notification
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1471-Z, first ¶, as amended by PL 2009, c. 584, §2, is further amended to read:
The board shall develop and maintain a registry of the properties of residents, lessees and property owners in the State who request that their properties be placed on a registry in order that the residents, lessees and owners receive advance notification of the outdoor application of pesticides. This registry must be the only registry or system used by the board to form the basis of a mandatory notification system for outdoor applications of pesticides.
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §1471-Z, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2009, c. 584, §2, is further amended to read:
Any resident, owner or lessee of property in the State is entitled to have that property placed on the registry. A fee may not be charged to register. Property must remain on the registry until the resident, owner or lessee notifies the board in writing that the property is to be removed from the registry or until the board staff determines that the contact is no longer valid. A registrant shall update or confirm the registrant's contact information annually with the board by a date determined by the board. The property of a registrant that has not updated or confirmed all of the registrant's contact information by the date set by the board must be removed from the registry.
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §1471-Z, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 584, §2, is amended to read:
Upon the request of a person receiving notification under this subsection, a land manager shall provide the material safety data sheets for the pesticides being used or copies of the pesticides labels. A land manager is not required to postpone an application pending delivery of the requested information.
Sec. 4. 22 MRSA §1471-Z, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 584, §2, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 5. 22 MRSA §1471-Z, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 584, §2, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 22 MRSA §1471-Z, sub-§7, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 584, §2, is repealed.
Sec. 7. 22 MRSA §1471-Z, sub-§9, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 584, §2, is amended to read:
Sec. 8. 22 MRSA §1471-Z, sub-§10, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 584, §2, is repealed.
This bill amends the notification process for pesticides applications. The bill directs that the registry established by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Board of Pesticides Control is the only mandatory notification system for outdoor applications. It requires all registrants to update or confirm their contact information annually. The bill amends notification requirements that currently apply to applications made using aircraft or air-carrier equipment to provide that the requirements apply to outdoor applications generally. It requires that the board determine the distances between properties and applications within which a land manager is required to notify a person whose property is on the registry of an application based on the type of equipment used to make the application; currently, these distances are set out in statute.