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Competency Area 7: Using Pesticides in an Environmentally Sound Manner

PO 44. Recognize the general provisions of state pesticide regulation laws.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is the agency responsible for administration and enforcement of New York State pesticide laws. Article 33 of the Environmental Conservation Law provides the general framework for the distribution, sale, use and transportation of pesticides in New York. In addition, Title 3 of Article 15 requires a permit for aquatic pesticide use in certain circumstances. Title 29 of Article 71 provides the enforcement provisions for Article 33.

New York State Pesticide regulations are found in 6 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR) Parts 320-329. Part 325 contains regulations on the application of pesticides, including commercial and private pesticide applicator certification requirements and pesticide business registration. Part 326 contains pesticide product restrictions, including restricted use pesticides, banned pesticides, pesticide-specific limitations, and commercial permit requirements. More information about New York state pesticide regulations can be found on the DEC website at: