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                               CHEMSWEEP Program Receives Award
The	CHEMSWEEP	Program	received	the	2007	Karl	Mason	                       The	CHEMSWEEP	counties	are	announced	each	Fall.	
Award	at	the	Pennsylvania	Association	of	Environmental	              All application businesses and private applicators are mailed
Professionals	(PAEP)	Annual	Conference	in	State	College	on	          an	inventory	sheet	to	list	the	pesticides	they	wish	to	dispose	of	
May	16,	2007.	Secretary	Wolff	was	there	to	accept	the	award,	        through	CHEMSWEEP.	Department	Inspectors	then	visit	the	
which	recognizes	outstanding	environmental	program	achieve-          locations	to	verify	the	inventory	and	return	with	the	contractor	
ments	statewide.		                                                   to	oversee	the	removal.	For	more	information	on	CHEMSWEEP	
      The	award	is	named	for	Karl	Mason	who	served	the	              see the section “Plants, Pesticides, Fertilizers, & Seed” under the
Pennsylvania	Department	of	Health	from	1952	until	his	death	in	      Business & Industry heading on the PDA web site at http://www.
1966. He was regarded as the Commonwealth’s first environmen- or contact your Regional PDA office.
tal	administrator.	The	annual	award	was	created	to	commemorate	           	
his	vision	of	a	strong,	well-managed	environmental	program.	The	 Written by:	Dave	Scott,	Pennsylvania	Department	of	
award	is	given	to	a	Pennsylvania	person,	organization,	or	project	 Agriculture.
that has made a significant contribution to the better-
ment	of	Pennsylvania’s	environment,	exemplifying	
Karl	Mason’s	vision.
      The	Department	of	Agriculture’s	CHEMSWEEP	
Program	was	piloted	in	six	counties	in	1992.	Since	
that	time	the	program	has	collected	and	disposed	
of	over	1.6	million	pounds	of	unwanted,	waste	
pesticides	from	Pennsylvania	farmers,	pesticide	
application businesses, and homeowners. Each year
18	to	22	counties	are	selected	and	the	Department	
contracts	with	a	hazardous	waste	hauler	to	collect	
and	dispose	of	the	unwanted	pesticides	from	those	
counties.	There	is	no	charge	for	up	to	2,000	pounds	
per	participant	and	the	contracted	hauler	accepts	
all liability as the “waste generator” at the time of
collection.	Funding	for	the	collections	is	generated	
from pesticide registration fees paid by pesticide
manufactures/distributors each year. No tax dollars         John Tacelosky (left), Secretary Dennis Wolff, and Don Gilbert (right) accept the
are	used	for	CHEMSWEEP.	                                    2007 Karl Mason Award, which recognizes outstanding environmental programs.
                                                           The CHEMSWEEP Program was selected for its benefits to Pennsylvania’s environment.

                                                         In This Issue
CHEMSWEEP Program Receives Award ....                                   Clark Named Inspector of the Year ........ 7
RUP Prior Notification Requirements ....... 2                            Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling...... 8
Start Using the PaPlants Web Site .......... 3                           PDA Regional Office Information ........... 8
Try Online Recert Credits ...................... 4                       PPCR Participating Businesses .............. 9
Cancellation of Chlorpyrifos Uses ........... 4                          New Wildlife Management Web Site......0
Living with Chemical Sensitivities........... 5                          An Update on Lyme Disease ................0
Pesticide Enforcement Actions ............... 6                          Detections of Emerald Ash Borer in PA ..
August 2007                                         PA Pesticide Highlights                                                        Page 

            Restricted Use Pesticide Prior Notification Requirements
The following is an article by Ryan Longenecker, Golf Course           sharing a mutual border with the premises upon which the appli-
Superintendent at The Golf Club at Felicita, Harrisburg,               cation site is located but exempts neighboring properties located
Pennsylvania, which was edited by Dave Scott, Pennsylvania             more	than	100	feet	from	the	application	site.	(Therefore,	if	the	
Department	of	Agriculture.                                             property	line	is	further	than	100	feet	from	the	treatment	area,	you	
                                                                       are not required to give any prior notification to the neighboring
     Recently,	I	had	the	opportunity	to	discuss	a	seemingly	hot	       properties.)
topic	with	a	Pennsylvania	Department	of	Agriculture	(PDA)	                  To be in compliance with the Prior Notification require-
Inspector, Mike Myers. The hot topic of pesticide-use and              ments, you must determine two aspects of the definition. First and
public notification has been rippling through the ranks of Golf        foremost, is the pesticide being applied really a RUP? Then is the
Course	Superintendents	in	the	area.	So,	if	you	have	not	gotten	        property line closer than 100 feet from the treatment area? Both
the word, a section of the Pennsylvania Pesticide Law states           of these aspects must be satisfied before you are required to make
that public notification needs to be given for all Restricted Use      the Prior Notification. Then if you are applying an RUP within
Pesticide (RUP) applications. Now, when I first heard of this,         100 feet of a neighboring property, you must determine if the
I immediately felt a foreboding sense of, ‘Here we go again.’          contiguous	application	is	smaller	or	larger	than	25	acres.
Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Red Tape and Paperwork, is                The difference between area wide applications	and	specific
synonymous with making our jobs more difficult than necessary.         site applications is in the method of letting your neighbors know
But, after speaking with PDA Inspector Mike Myers and reading          that you may apply a RUP. For area wide applications (25 or
the regulation enacted in 1990, it is not nearly as bad as it seems.   more contiguous acres) of a RUP you must publish a notice, at
Mike also wanted to make sure everyone understood that this is         least 14 days before the application date (but not more than 45
not	related	to	or	in	lieu	of	the	Hypersensitivity	Registry.            days),	in	two	newspapers	of	general	circulation	in	the	affected	
     The following is an article based on the Pennsylvania             area.	This	notice	must	contain	the	proposed	date	range	of	applica-
Pesticide Regulation (Chapter 128) and how the prior notification      tion,	the	general	location	of	the	application	site,	and	the	name,	
section relates to Golf Courses and other RUP applications. You        address, and telephone number of a designated contact person
can obtain a copy of the Pennsylvania Pesticide Regulations at:        for additional information. (Example: Hole-in-One Golf Club,    Harrisburg may make an application of a restricted use pesticide
alreference/007_0128.pdf.                                              between August 1 and August 30. For more information contact:
     The regulation states in Section 128.82 (Nonagricultural          John Doe, 1 Mulligan Dr., Harrisburg, Pa 17100, 717-555-1234.)
Specific Site Application), “A commercial/public applicator may             For	specific site applications (less than contiguous 25 acres),	
not make a specific site application of a restricted use pesticide     the notification must be made orally or by certified mail, rather
without first giving prior notification orally or by certified mail    than by the newspapers, to an adult residing in all dwellings on
to	every	person	residing	in	a	dwelling	on	land	contiguous	to	          land	contiguous	to	the	application.	The	same	time	period,	of	at	
the application site.” The law also states in Section 128.84           least 14 days but not more than 45 days, prior to the application
(Nonagricultural Area Wide Application), “A commercial/public          date applies. This notification is a simple statement that the golf
applicator may not make an area wide application of a restricted       course may apply a RUP at sometime during that 30-day window
use pesticide without first giving prior notification in the form of   and if the neighbor would like additional information about
a notice published in two newspapers of general circulation in the     the application who they should contact. You may wish to give
affected area.”                                                        a summary of what you are applying and why, but that is not
     Before	applying	this	law	to	individual	golf	course	situations,	   required.	
we	must	understand	the	terms.	Only	the	application	of	restricted            Now that you have given the prior notice, the responsibility
use pesticides (RUP) are covered by these sections. The U.S.           shifts to your neighbors. If they want more information they must
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes the clas-            request it from you. Neighbors within 100 feet of application site
sification of a pesticide as a RUP. Pesticides classified as a RUP     have	the	right	to	request	additional	information	up	to	seven	days	
by the EPA must bear the statement, Restricted Use Pesticide,	         prior	to	the	proposed	application	date.	The	following	information	
clearly visible at the very top of the label’s front panel. For        may be requested: 1) the proposed date and time of application
example, “Restricted Use Pesticide” is clearly stated on a jug of      and 2) brand name and EPA registration number of all RUPs
DeltaGard EC, whereas, it is absent on Arena 50WG. Therefore,          being applied. You must provide this information at least 12
Arena 50WG is not a RUP; Deltagard EC is a RUP.                        hours prior to the application. Notified persons also have the
     PDA views golf courses as nonagricultural because no com-         right to request a copy of the label of all RUPs being applied.
modity is being grown for sale. Two terms referring to the area        Requests for label information must be completed within 10 days
being treated are specific site	and	area wide applications.	Both	      of	receiving	the	request.
of	these	terms	mean	essentially	the	same	thing,	a	nonagricultural	          Now, what about General Use Pesticides (GUP) and
pesticide	application	site	on	any	property.	The	only	difference	       notification?	For	lawn	and	turf	or	ornamental	applications	only,	
is	in	the	size	of	the	area	treated.	Area wide applications	refer	to	   a neighbor must request notification from you in writing to be
applications	of	25	or	more	contiguous	acres.	(Be	careful,	though,	     entitled to notification of applications made within 100 feet of
the method of prior notification is different between specific site	   their	property	line.	If	the	request	is	received	at	least	10	days	prior
and	area wide applications.)	Land contiguous	refers	to	premises	                             (See “RUP Notification” on bottom of page 6)

August 2007                                        PA Pesticide Highlights                                                      Page 2

                              Start Using the New PaPlants Web Site
March	1,	2007	was	the	end	of	an	era	for	the	Bureau	of	Plant	         sponsors to request meeting credit approvals, and “Applicator
Industry, as the 23-year old “mainframe RPG” based computer          Credit / Business Information” to check certification and credit
programming was replaced with the release of PaPlants, a web         status using your certification number and last name or to check
based information tracking and licensing computer system at 	        the business name, address, and status using a BU number.	The	PaPlants	system	has	pro-
vided a new look to the documents you receive from the Bureau        Register to Access More Information Online
and the ability for greater access to your business and applicator   Although much of the information we keep is considered part of
information	while	continuing	to	protect	your	privacy.		              the public record, we understand your concerns for unrestricted
                                                                     public access to all of your information. We have built in some
                                                                     protections for your more specific information. For your privacy
                                                                     and	security,	you	will	need	to	register	with	the	PaPlants	site	to	
                                                                     view	this	information.	
                                                                           For each applicator and business, the PaPlants Program
                                                                     has assigned a unique PaPlants number and a PIN code. These
                                                                     security access numbers are included in nearly every mailing you
                                                                     will receive from the Department. With your PaPlants number
                                                                     and PIN code, access the web
                                                                     site and select the “Logon / Register to View Your Account” and
                                                                     select “Register.” You will then be able to create a User Name
	    Planning	for	the	new	system	called	for	many	improvements	       and	Password	for	future	access	to	your	account.
that you have asked for over the years. Applicators will be able     	     Individual	applicators	can	view	their	updated	credit	status	
to	go	online	and	review	a	history	of	courses	they	have	attended.	    including a list of recertification meetings attended, business
You will have “real time” access to check your credits, look for     affiliation, and record of payments. Businesses can review their
recertification meetings, and find examination locations. The        insurance	information,	payment	records,	and	a	list	of	all	the	
online postings of recertification meeting information are more      applicators assigned to their business. Businesses can also select
complete—some	include	times.	In	addition,	course	sponsors	have	      applicators	from	their	list	and	view	their	individual	information	
the ability to link to web sites so you can view meeting agendas     as	well.
	    Plans	for	the	next	phase	include	online	access	to	the	          Give It a Try
Hypersensitivity	Registry	and	a	new	Apiary	search,	which	            So you can get started, the PaPlants code numbers for your
includes	a	mapping	function	to	help	you	locate	individuals	in	       business have been printed above your business name on the
the Registry. Unfortunately, credit card and online payments for     mailing address label of this newsletter. The PaPlants number is
renewals will not be part of the programming at this time. Several   at the beginning of the line (it contains both numbers and letters)
legal issues must be resolved before we can offer this option. 	     and the PIN code is at the end. Once you have recorded these
                                                                     numbers, please obliterate them to guard your information. All
Accessing Your Information                                           commercial and public applicators can find their individual
From the PaPlants web site (,	      PaPlants code numbers on the applicator renewal applications,
you can select “Pesticide Programs” and choose from four “real-      credit statements, and certification cards which were mailed in
time” options: “Recertification Course Locator” to find approved     July. We hope the new access you have to this information about
training meetings, “Certification Examination Locations” to see      your certification is helpful and useful.
when and where certification examinations are offered and to reg-
ister for an exam, “Application For Course Approval” for course      Written by:	Dave	Scott,	Pennsylvania	Department	of	

                                  Useful Pesticide-Related Web Sites
    Pesticide Education Program:
    * Pesticide Labels and MSDS:
    * Resources:
    Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture:
    * PaPlants Web Site:
    Office of Pesticide Programs, EPA:
    National Pesticide Information Center:

August 2007                                        PA Pesticide Highlights                                                   Page 3

                Need Recertification Credits Fast? Try Online Credits
Have you ever needed a few recertification credits right before      the	material	and	understood	the	content.	
the end of your three-year cycle? Then you can’t find any meet-            4. Usually the course sponsor providing the online recer-
ings that are convenient for you to attend. What can you do? For     tification credits will notify the Pennsylvania Department of
those	with	Internet	access,	you	can	earn	core	and	some	category	     Agriculture	(PDA)	via	email	that	you	successfully	completed	
recertification credits online in the convenience of your own        the	course.	However,	you	should	print	a	copy	of	the	completion	
home or office.                                                      certificate for your own files. The PDA will then apply the credits
     These courses are listed on the same web page where             to your account. You can check your credits online at http://www.
the “Onsite” recertification meetings are listed. The PaPlants	to	see	that	they	were	posted.
web page is	and	then	high-                5. Once you take an online course, you can never take that
light “Pesticide Programs” on the left side bar, then click on       course	again	for	credits,	as	the	content	does	not	change.
“Recertification Course Locator.” At the “Meeting Type” choice,            Finally,	one	word	of	caution:	do	not	register	for	a	course	
choose “Online,” then select a specific category, and click on the   unless the course is listed on the PaPlants web site. These
“Search” button. All the available online recertification credits    are the only PDA approved courses for which credits will be
will be listed. Now, click on the “Details” link to find out more    granted. Last year, a company actually mailed flyers to applica-
information, such as a contact name and phone number.                tors advertising their courses before the PDA had finished their
     Before taking an online recertification credit course, here are review and given final approval for the credits. Some applicators
some	things	to	consider.                                                                                     called, as they had the flyer
     1.	All	of	these	online	                                                                                 but did not see the courses
credit	courses	charge	a	fee.	     Find Recertification Meetings Online: listed on the web site. PDA
Some	are	as	low	as	$10	to	                                                                                   told	these	applicators	they	
$15	per	credit,	while	others                                           should	wait	for	the	course	
may be hundreds of dollars.                                                                                  to be approved and credits
     2.	These	courses	require	                                                                               assigned before taking it.
you	to	read	through	material	either	online	or	others	may	mail	you	         When	you	need	credits	fast	and	there	are	no	local	meetings,	
a	CD	to	run	on	your	computer.	Either	way,	you	can	move	through	 this is definitely a good option to earn them. Just make sure you
the	material	at	your	own	pace.	The	entire	course	does	not	need	to	 know all the facts before investing your time in these courses. 	
be completed in one sitting.                                         	
     3. In most cases, the course sponsor will require you to pass   Written by: Sharon I. Gripp, Penn State Pesticide Education
a	short	quiz	(usually	10	questions)	at	the	end	to	earn	the	recerti-  Program	and	Dave	Scott,	Pennsylvania	Department	of	
fication credit. This ensures them that you actually went through    Agriculture.

                         Notice of Cancellations of Chlorpyrifos Uses
Dow AgroSciences recently notified the U.S. Environmental                   • Dursban™ 1F           • Dursban™ 1G         • Dursban™ 2.5G
Protection	Agency	(EPA)	of	its	intention	to	cancel	certain	uses	            • Dursban™ 2E           • Dursban™ 4E         • Dursban™ ME-02
and	registrations	for	chlorpyrifos	and	will	no	longer	support	              • Dursban™ ME-04 • Dursban™ Pro               • Lentrek™ 6WT
non-agricultural and public health uses of chlorpyrifos. For the            • Dursban™ TC (and alternate brand name Tenure™)
purposes	of	these	use	cancellations,	non-agricultural	use	patterns	         • Dursban™ WT (and alternate brand name Lentrek WT)
are defined in 40 CFR 170.103 and include pest control in such            Existing stocks of these products in Dow AgroSciences ware-
use	sites	as	golf	courses,	road	medians,	industrial	plant	sites,	         houses may be sold until inventory is depleted or for twelve
as	well	as	indoor	and	outdoor	residential	and	commercial	pest	            months, whichever occurs first. Inventory of the products listed
control. The public health pests are discussed in detail in U.S.          above in the hands of distributors, retailers, and end users may
EPA’s PR Notice 2002-1. Cancellation of non-agricultural and              be sold and used as labeled until stocks are depleted. Dow
public health uses of chlorpyrifos will impact Dow AgroSciences           AgroSciences	will	maintain	current	state	registrations	through	
products	that	you	currently	recommend.                                    2009.	After	state	registrations	expire,	existing	inventory	in	the	
	     Labels for Dursban™ 4E-N and Dursban™ 50W in                        channel of trade may not be sold; however, product may continue
WSP will be amended to remove non-agricultural and public                 to be used according to package labels.
health uses as amended labels for these end-use products were                   This information is provided in good faith based on discus-
submitted to EPA in March 2007. Once EPA accepts the amended              sion	with	the	EPA	and	on	similar	past	experiences.	EPA	may	
labels, Dow AgroSciences will have twelve months from the                 actually	impose	timelines	that	are	longer	or	shorter	than	what	we	
date of acceptance to fully implement the amended label on                anticipate. Of course, Dow AgroSciences will work with EPA to
product packaging. According to EPA, there will be no “stop use”          attempt to make this transition for our customers as efficient as
date, and existing stocks of these end-use products can be used,          reasonably possible.
consistent with their package labels, until stocks are depleted.
       Finally,	labels for the following end-use products will be         Taken from:	Comunications	received	from	Dow	AgroSciences	
cancelled:                                                                L.L.C.
August 2007                                        PA Pesticide Highlights                                                       Page 4

                               Living with Chemical Hypersensitivity
Getting Diagnosed                                                    the restaurant. I have to cover my nose when I pass by specialty
I was a mess when this ailment first reared its ugly head. I could   soap	and	lotion	displays	since	the	smells	are	overwhelming	to	my	
not talk without hoarseness and had a constant sore throat that      sensitive body.
would not end for weeks; and being a teacher, I needed my voice.             Even	when	people	give	me	gifts	of	scented	candles,		I	have	
The excess mucus that would form in my breathing tubes to            to	immediately	return	to	the	store	or	dispose	of	outside.	I	had	to	
protect my lungs made it difficult to breathe. I was first diagnosed ask my students in my classroom who were wearing perfume,
with pneumonia. When I did not get better after a week of bed        hair	spray,	shampoo,	or	lip	gloss	carrying	the	vanilla	or	fruited	
rest, the doctors continued taking all sorts of tests. Finally, not  scents, or anyone who lived in a home with a tobacco smoker
until after months of tests and medical bills into the hundreds of   with the scent on their clothes, to sit in the back of the classroom.
dollars	did	I	get	my	diagnosis.	                                     Now, that was a delicate situation! 	
       I knew that it was something in my work environment, as       	
it cleared up when I left for a two week Christmas vacation to       Finding a Safe Place to Live
another state. Within two weeks after I returned to my workplace,            Then my lease was not renewed by my landlord because I
I had the same full blown ailment again. In my workplace, a new      was complaining about the new tenants who were cigar smokers–
floor wax product was being used that caused alarm. We believe       all six of them. The smoke was somehow getting into my space,
that	the	chemicals	in	the	product	were	lifting	the	formaldehyde	     which I had lived free of smoke for seven years. Despite my
from the floor tiles. Bingo! I knew that I was allergic to this      efforts to have it rectified by trying to acquire the building code
chemical.	So	this	is	my	story.	                                                                              regulations	at	the	Township,	
	                                                                                                            or	getting	help	through	my	
My Sensitivities                      “This is my life. I hope someday that State	House	Representative	
       Living with Multiple                                                                                  and a lawyer, I finally had to
Chemical	Sensitivities	has	                  I will be able to live normally,                                leave	my	apartment.	Finding	
been an utter nightmare!            yet until then, I am always on guard!” a new place to live took over
When I was first diagnosed                                                                                   a year, since I had to be so
with	a	Reactive	Airway	                         Quote by Donna Plummer                                       careful about where I lived.
Disease,	it	meant	having	                                                                                    I finally found a condo that
a	severe	lifestyle	change	                                                                                   was smoke free. However,
immediately, as things that I would smell or breathe in would        soon after I moved in, the roof heating vent cap blew off, and I
often make me run in the other direction. My sensitivities include found myself once again plagued with unwanted cigarette smoke
formaldehyde, ethanol, tobacco smoke, common household               and wood burning smoke filtering into my apartment from other
chemicals–cleaners,	laundry	and	dishwashing	detergents,	chemi-       apartments	and	outside.	To	date	my	condo	association	sees	no	
cals	that	create	vanilla	and	fruited	scents	in	home	air	fresheners	  need	to	install	an	appropriate	cap	that	would	stop	the	down	draft	
and	candles–and	that	green	mulch	which	is	sprayed	along	the	         of smoke which continues to come into my home on occasion.
road	to	grow	grass.	                                                 They feel the make-shift one put on by the roofer is enough. But
       No matter where I turned, it seemed that I would get into     it is really not for someone like me.
some	allergen	that	would	cause	me	to	react.	Places	that	I	once	              Then I considered buying a house, but could only afford a
ventured were no longer an option to me, like bars where I           townhouse/condo,	since	most	of	my	money	is	channeled	into	my	
loved to dance and restaurants with smoking. Even those with         health. Because I share separate walls, I run the risk of having
non-smoking sections, I could still smell the smoke throughout                          (See “Hypersensitivity” on the bottom of page 11)

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August 2007                                        PA Pesticide Highlights                                                     Page 5
   Pesticide Enforcement Actions: October 1, 2006 to April 20, 2007
The following table is a summary of all official pesticide                 issued	for	violations	of	the	Pennsylvania	Pesticide	Control	Act.	
enforcement actions taken by the Pennsylvania Department of                Warning letters are official enforcement actions and are pursued
Agriculture’s	Division	of	Health	and	Safety	against	commercial	            for minor violations or when insufficient evidence is obtained to
and private applicators, dealers, pesticide businesses, and citizens       support	a	penalty.
in	the	Commonwealth.	All	enforcement	actions	were	issued	                       During	the	same	time	period,	thirty-one	civil	penalties	were	
between October 1, 2006 and April 20, 2007.	The	following	                 assessed	for	violations	of	the	Pennsylvania	Pesticide	Control	
actions	resulted	from	either	routine	inspections	or	investigations	        Act or the Rules and Regulations. The number of warnings and
generated by a complaint or tip.                                           penalties along with a brief description of the violation and the
     During this time period, three Notice of Warning letters were         total amount of penalty(s) assessed is provided in the table below.

Enforcement Actions taken by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

                                                     Notice of Warnings
 Number of Warnings                                        Description
   1 Notice of Warning                                     Greenhouse for Worker Protection Standard violations including incomplete
                                                           Central Location Information and worker training
     1 Notice of Warning                                   Farmer for Worker Protection Standard violations including incomplete
                                                           Central Location Information and worker training
     1 Notice of Warning                                   Mushroom grower for Worker Protection Standard violations including
                                                           incomplete handler/worker training and EPA approved training material not

                                                         Civil Penalties

     Number of Civil                Total Penalty
        Penalties                     Assessed             Description
      11	Civil	Penalties                $8,300             Businesses	for	failing	to	notify	a	hypersensitivity	person	(repeat	violator)
      7	Civil	Penalties                 $6,100             Businesses for operating without a business license and certified applicator
      5	Civil	Penalties                 $1,700             Applicators	(2	private	and	2	commercial)	for	causing	unwanted	residues
      3 Civil Penalties                 $1,800             Licensed businesses for a non-certified person applying pesticides
      3 Civil Penalties                 $2,400             Agricultural operations for Worker Protection Standard violations
       1	Civil	Penalty                  $3,600             Commercial applicator for use inconsistent with label directions
       1	Civil	Penalty                   $800              Dealer for RUP sales to non-permitted applicators (repeat violator)	

(RUP Notification	continued	from	page	2)	
to	the	application,	you	must	provide	the	same	notice	at	least	12	          a stepping-stone towards building a relationship with neighbor-
hours prior to the application as required for RUP.                        ing homeowners. You will find that some homeowners will not
     As always keep records–For every occasion prior notification          request notification or additional information while others will
is	given,	the	applicator	must	record	the	following	information:	           express	personal	interest.	This	will	provide	an	occasion	to	share	
1) a copy of the newspaper notification, 2) name and address of            current information and knowledge with those around you.
every person requesting additional information, 3) the date and                  This whole process of prior notification is not a huge issue.
time of individual notification, 4) a copy of all correspondence           A	little	time	and	preparation	on	the	part	of	the	Superintendent	
relating to the notification. These records shall be kept for a            will go a long way. Bottomline, look at this requirement as
period of three years and made available to the PDA immediately            an opportunity not a hindrance. Most often, when you take a
upon	request.                                                              little	time	to	inform	and	educate,	there	is	little	left	for	others	to	
     All requests for notification shall expire on December                harangue about.
31 in the year in which it is made.	These	regulations	allow	                     If	there	are	more	detailed	questions	relating	to	the	Prior	
applicators to dialog with neighbors, giving them the option to be         Notification requirement, please contact your regional PDA
contacted prior to RUP applications. This initial contact will be          office.

August 2007                                        PA Pesticide Highlights                                                            Page 6
                            Abbie Clark Named “Inspector of the Year”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region III Pesticide Inspector’s Workshop
was hosted by Pennsylvania and held in State
College, Pennsylvania this past October. Abbie
Clark, an Agronomic Products Inspector with the
Pennsylvania	Department	of	Agriculture,	was	
named “Inspector of the Year.” This award is
given	annually	to	an	Inspector	from	EPA	Region	
III (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia) who
has	demonstrated	a	high	level	of	dedication	and	
expertise	in	pesticide	enforcement	and	education.	
Abbie’s knowledge of the pesticide laws, investiga-
tion abilities, and efforts above and beyond the
call of duty earned her this honor. Abbie is in her
18th	year	as	an	inspector	with	the	Department	and	
works mainly in Juniata, Franklin, and Cumberland
counties.         EPA Region III Project Manager, Carmine
            Disanzo, presents Abbie Clark the “Inspector of
         the Year” award for 2006 during ceremonies at the
        annual pesticide inspector training in State College.	

                                               Plastic Pesticide Containers
                                                           After you triple-rinse or pressure-rinse plastic
                                                           pesticide containers, bring them to a participating
                                                           business. PDA will collect and grind them into
                                                           pellets, so other companies can make them into
                                                           useful products. And they will not be taking up
                                                           landfill space!!

                                                                       To find participating businesses:

                      Cancelled, Suspended, and Unwanted Pesticides
                                                  Agribusinesses and commercial enterprises from selected
                                                  counties are able to turn over pesticides–free of charge
                                                  (up to 2,000 lbs)–to an independent contractor. The
                                                  contractor, hired by PDA, collects, handles, and transports
                                                  the waste pesticides out of state primarily for incineration
                                                  at an EPA approved facility. This program operates at no
                                                  cost to the taxpayer!

                                                                  For participating counties:

August 2007                                               PA Pesticide Highlights                           Page 7
               Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program Update
     The	Plastic	Pesticide	Container	Recycling	Program	(PPCR)	      accepts pesticide and related product bottles, jugs, and drums
provides a viable disposal alternative to landfill or open burning. up to 55 gallons. Please be sure your containers meet the fol-
The system is supported by pesticide dealers that collect recycla-  lowing criteria: #2 HDPE plastic pesticide container; Free of all
ble plastic pesticide containers for the Pennsylvania Department    pesticide, crop oil, or adjuvant residue inside and out; No label
of	Agriculture	(PDA)	                                                                                          booklets, lids, foil seals,
at	their	facility.	These	                                                                                      dirt, gravel, etc.; and
“PPCR Partners” have                                                                                           Drums	cut	lengthwise	
recycling	drop-off	               The Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling                                    into	fourths.
locations available during      Program is recognized as a national leader                                           The	PPCR	program	
business hours. PPCR                      in recycling, having received the                                    recycled over 145,000
participants may take                                                                                          pounds	of	plastic	
their clean, recyclable         Stewardship Award for Program Innovation pesticide	containers	in	
containers	to	any	of	             from The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance.                                     2006,	and	has	recycled	
these	locations	at	their	                                                                                      over	1,000,000	pounds	
convenience.                                                                                                   since 1994.
     Seventy-five PPCR                                                                                               The	Plastic	Pesticide	
locations are available statewide for your use. See a list of par-  Container	Recycling	Program	is	recognized	as	a	national	leader	
ticipating businesses with location and phone number on page 7.     in	recycling,	having	received	the	Stewardship	Award	for	Program	
A list of current sites with complete addresses is available online Innovation	from	The	Pesticide	Stewardship	Alliance.	This	pro-
at	If	your	pesticide	      gram	addresses	the	needs	of	pesticide	applicators	in	Pennsylvania	
dealer	is	not	a	PPCR	Partner	recycling	site,	encourage	them	to	     by providing a responsible and convenient means of container
get	involved.	PPCR	is	open	to	all	commercial	users	of	pesticides	 disposal. Be a part of this free program and contribute to pesti-
but is not available to homeowner-applicators at this time. PPCR    cide stewardship efforts in Pennsylvania!

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Regional Office Information
     Region #                 Counties Included                                      Address, Telephone, & FAX
                              Clarion,	Crawford*, Elk,                                      13410 Dunham Road
        I                  Erie,	Forest,	Jefferson,	McKean,                              Meadville, PA 16335-8344
                            Mercer, Venango, and Warren                               814-332-6890 FAX 814-333-1431
                      Cameron, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming*,                          542 County Farm Road, Suite #102
       II                 Montour, Northumberland, Potter,                              Montoursville, PA 17754-9209
                              Snyder, Tioga, and Union                                570-433-2640 FAX 570-433-4770
                           Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna,                                 Route	92	South,	P.O.	Box	C
       III                Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan,                              Tunkhannock, PA 18657-0318
                        Susquehanna,	Wayne,	and	Wyoming*                              570-836-2181 FAX 570-836-6266
                       Allegheny*,	Armstrong,	Beaver,	Butler,                                 #6 McIntyre Road
       IV                Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence,                              Gibsonia, PA 15044-7829
                           Washington,	and	Westmoreland                               724-443-1585 FAX 724-443-8150
                          Bedford,	Blair*, Cambria, Centre,                            1307 7th St., Cricket Field Plaza
        V                  Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon,                                Altoona, PA 16601-4701
                                 Mifflin, and Somerset                                814-946-7315 FAX 814-946-7354
                          Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin*,                                         P.O. Box 5184
       VI                    Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster,                               Harrisburg, PA 17110-0184
                              Lebanon, Perry, and York                                717-346-3223 FAX 717-346-3229
                          Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware,                                 Route 113, P.O. Box 300
      VII              Lehigh, Montgomery*, Northampton,                                  Creamery, PA 19430-0300
                             Philadelphia, and Schuylkill                             610-489-1003 FAX 610-489-6119

*County in which the regional office is located.
August 2007                                        PA Pesticide Highlights                                                    Page 8
                       Cooperating Businesses in the PPCR Program
  Please bring pressure-rinsed or triple-rinsed plastic pesticide containers during posted business hours.
 City                   Business                   Phone #        City              Business                   Phone #
 Adrian                 GROWMARK FS, Inc.         724-543-1101    Mechanicsburg     Lesco, Inc.              717-691-9570
 	                                                                Mercersburg       Agronomy, Inc.           717-328-3145
 Bangor                 GROWMARK FS, Inc.         610-588-1095                      Mifflinburg Farmer’s
 Bedford                GROWMARK FS, Inc.         814-623-9061*   Mifflinburg       Exchange                 570-966-1001
 Bellefonte             GROWMARK FS, Inc.         814-359-2725    Mifflinville      Helena Chemical Comp.    570-759-1311
 Belleville             Ag Star Agronomy          800-379-3341    Mill Hall         Webb’s Super-Gro         570-726-4525
 Belleville             Union Mill Chemgro        717-935-2185    Millerstown       N.O. Bonsall & Son       717-589-3146
 Bethlehem              Lesco, Inc.               610-866-6665    Montrose          Andre & Son              570-278-1131
 Biglerville            Helena Chemical           717-677-4599    Montrose          Palmatier Enterprises    570-278-3350
 Brogue                 GROWMARK FS, Inc.         717-927-6975    Moosic            Lesco, Inc.              800-650-1936
 	                                                                Mt. Joy           Snyder’s Crop Service    717-653-1120
 Carlisle               GROWMARK FS, Inc.         717-249-4988    Myerstown         GROWMARK FS, Inc.        717-933-4343
 Clearfield             W & W Farm Supply         814-765-9044    Myerstown         James Patches            717-949-3860
 Cochranville           Cochranville Ag Service   610-869-9640
 Cochranville           GROWMARK FS, Inc.         610-869-8006    New Holland       Martin’s Ag Service      717-354-4996
 Columbia Crossroads    Judson’s, Inc.            570-297-2153    New Holland       Raymond Nolt             717-354-0198
 Coplay                 GROWMARK FS, Inc.         610-799-3115    New Wilmington    Deerfield Farm Service   724-946-3551
 Curryville             GROWMARK FS, Inc.         814-793-3664    Norristown        Lesco, Inc.              610-631-5333
 	                                                                                  North East Fruit 	
 East Berlin            GROWMARK FS, Inc.         717-259-9573    North East        Growers, Inc.            814-725-3705
 Eighty Four            GROWMARK FS, Inc.         724-222-4303    	
                        PACMA / Upper                             Port Royal        Ag Star Agronomy         717-527-4306
 Elizabethville         Dauphin Grain Center      717-362-8440    	
 Ephrata                Henry B. Hoover Agway     717-733-6593    Quarryville       Little Britain Agri Supply 717-529-2196
 Erie                   Lesco, Inc                814-455-7850
 	                                                                Reading           Timac USA, Inc.         610-375-7272
 Gettysburg             Ag Com, Inc.              717-334-6224    Richland          Ag Land Crop Protection 717-933-7000
                        Agricultural & Natural
 Gettysburg             Resource Center           888-337-9827    Sandy Lake        Lakeview Fertilizer      724-376-3615
 Greencastle            Horstdale Farm Supply     717-597-5151    Seven Valleys     GROWMARK FS, Inc.        800-421-5682
 Gibsonia               Lesco, Inc.               724-443-7200    Shippensburg      Cumberland Valley Coop   717-532-2197
 	                                                                Shippenville      J.M. Truck & Trailer     814-226-6066
 Harrisburg             Lesco, Inc.               717-657-9034    Somerset          Walker’s Farm Service    814-445-5177
 Harrisburg             PA Dept. of Agriculture   717-705-5858*   Stroudsburg       Lesco, Inc.              570-421-4847
 Jefferson              Codorus Fertilizer        717-229-2311    Thompsontown      Agronomy Center          717-535-5151
 Jersey Shore           Eck’s                     570-398-2770    Tionesta          Long Acre Potato Farm    814-744-8454
 	                                                                Towanda           GROWMARK FS, Inc.        570-265-8141
 Kinzers                Mr. Gideon King               N/A
 Kreamer                Kreamer’s Feed Store      570-374-8148    Warminster        Lesco, Inc.              215-957-4747
                                                                  Warriors Mark     Helena Chemical          814-632-5177
 Lancaster              Lesco, Inc.               717-291-4434    Washingtonville   Crop Production Services 570-437-3121
 Lancaster              Mel Weaver & Sons         717-898-9050    Waterford	        Hurst	Potato	Sales	      800-562-1657
 Lebanon                Lesco, Inc.               717-272-6576    Waterford         Troyer Farms             814-671-1884
 	                      Steve’s	Custom		                          Westford          Westford Milling         724-927-2221
 Leck Kill              Application               570-648-4465    Williamsburg      Mill Hill Agway          814-832-3458
 Leesport               GROWMARK FS, Inc.         610-926-3717    	
 Leola                  Daniel’s Farm Store       717-656-6982    York              Lesco, Inc.              717-792-1756

* Please call before going.

August 2007                                       PA Pesticide Highlights                                        Page 9
            eXtension’s New Wildlife Damage Management Web Site
From	time	to	time,	when	applicators	are	serving	their	customers,	       North America. We included everything from alligators to polar
they may be asked questions outside their area of “expertise.”          bears. For each species, you can easily navigate through life his-
Here is some information about a new web site that you can refer        tories, behavior, damage identification, economics, legal issues,
customers to help find answers to their wildlife questions.             and a complete list of methods for managing wildlife damage,”
     Consumers now have instant access to research-based                says	Scott	Hygnstrom,	professor	and	extension	wildlife	damage	
solutions	for	helping	humans	and	wildlife	co-exist–whether	it’s	        specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
moles in the lawn, squirrels in the attic, or deer eating the shrubs.        The eXtension Wildlife Damage Management Web Site also
The eXtension Wildlife Damage Management Web Site has been              features	the	following:
developed through the collaboration of nationally recognized            * Frequently Asked Questions allows users to submit queries
wildlife biologists, nuisance wildlife control operators, educators,       about wildlife management.
and people interested in the field of human-wildlife relations. To      * Ask the Expert	provides	an	answer	to	questions	not	already	
take full advantage of the site, register at http://www.extension.         available in the Frequently Asked Questions section with a
org/ and choose “Wildlife Damage Management.”                              usual response within 24 hours.
     “The backbone of our site is a series of illustrated pages on      * News and Upcoming Events keeps the news and calendar of
65 wildlife species that cause damage or nuisance problems in              events	current	at	the	local,	state,	and	national	levels.
                                                                        * Glossary and Diseases	list	terms	and	illnesses	that	are	com-
                                                                           monly	found	in	wildlife	damage	management.
    Visit eXtension Online at                                             Taken from: “eXtension Provides Solutions to Wildlife Damage
            and select                                                  through Launch of Web Site” by Dan Moser, News Coordinator
                                                                        at the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.
 “Wildlife Damage Management”

                                          An Update on Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi,	                  Between 2003 and 2005, 64,382 Lyme disease cases were
and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. In the      reported to the United States Centers for Disease Control and
Northeast, the tick most commonly associated with transmission          Prevention (CDC). Of all of these reported cases, 93 percent
of the disease is the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis).	Research	in	the	   (59,770	cases)	were	from	the	10	reference	states,	where	the	
eastern United States indicates that, generally, ticks transmit the     disease	is	considered	epidemic.		These	states	include	Connecticut,	
disease to humans during the nyphal stage. This is likely because       Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey,
nymphs are rarely noticed because of their small size.                  New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. During
       Since Lyme disease became nationally known in 1991,              this time period, Pennsylvania had 14,002 Lyme disease cases or
the annual number of reported cases has more than doubled.              almost	22	percent.	
This increase likely is the result of several factors, including a             Although a Lyme disease vaccine is not available, persons
true	increase	in	disease	incidence	and	enhanced	case	detection	         can lower their risk for the disease and other tick-borne illnesses
resulting from implementation of laboratory-based surveillance in       by avoiding tick-infested areas when possible, using insect
several states. The growing number of case reports and the labor        repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), and
required for confirmation of laboratory-reported cases has placed       performing daily self-examination for ticks. Removing ticks
a considerable burden on local and state health departments in          within 24 hours of attachment reduces the likelihood of B.
areas where Lyme disease is endemic. To address this surveil-           burgdorferi transmission. Tick populations around homes and in
lance burden and create more sustainable Lyme disease surveil-          recreational areas can be reduced 50 to 90 percent through simple
lance systems, some states have modified components of their            landscaping practices such as removing brush and leaf litter or
systems,	leading	to	acute	reductions	in	reported	cases.	However,	       creating a buffer zone of wood chips or gravel between forest and
no evidence exists to suggest a true decrease in Lyme disease           lawn	or	recreational	areas.	For	persons	who	are	infected,	prompt	
incidence	in	these	states.                                              diagnosis	and	treatment	are	important	to	prevent	serious	illness	
       With	approximately	20,000	new	cases	reported	each	year,	         and	long-term	complications.
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the             	
United States. Cases occur most commonly in northeastern,               Taken from: Lyme Disease—United States, 2003-2005.
mid-Atlantic,	and	north-central	states	and	among	persons	aged	          Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2007: 573-6 	
5-14 years and 45-54 years. Cases peak during summer months,  		
reflecting transmission by nymphal vector ticks during May and
June.                                                                   Lyme Disease Web Site. Penn State Department of Entomology.	

August 2007                                         PA Pesticide Highlights                                                  Page 0
                      Detection of Emerald Ash Borer in Pennsylvania
Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that destroys ash trees, has                Since many species of wood-boring insects, including the
been detected for the first time in Pennsylvania and a quarantine           Emerald Ash Borer, can be spread through transport of infested
will be imposed for Butler, Lawrence, Allegheny, and Beaver                 firewood and logs, campers and homeowners are encouraged to
counties.	                                                                  use only locally harvested firewood, burn all of it onsite, and not
       Adult beetles were found on an ash tree in Cranberry                 carry	it	to	new	locations.	
Township, Butler County, by U.S. Department of Agriculture                        Emerald	Ash	Borer	
surveyors, through a joint effort by federal and state agriculture          is a wood-boring beetle
departments, the Department of Conservation and Natural                     native	to	China	and	eastern	
Resources,	and	Penn	State	Extension.	The	Emerald	Ash	Borer	has	             Asia. The pest likely
forced	similar	quarantines	in	Illinois,	Indiana,	Ohio,	Maryland,	           arrived in North America
and	Michigan.	                                                              hidden in wood packing
       “Emerald Ash                                                         materials	commonly	used	
Borer	poses	a	major	                                                        to	ship	consumer	and	other	
threat to ash trees,”                                                       goods. It was first detected
said	Agriculture	                                                           in	July	2002	in	southeast-
Secretary	Dennis	                                                           ern	Michigan	and	neigh-
Wolff. “To best                                                             boring Windsor, Ontario,
manage	any	effects	of	                                                      Canada. The beetle has
an	infestation,	we’re	                                                      since been blamed for the
working to determine                                                        death	and	decline	of	more	
whether	this	is	an	                                                         than	20	million	ash	trees	in	
isolated	incident	or	                                                       Ohio,	Indiana,	Maryland,	
a	more	widespread	                                                          Virginia, and Illinois.
                                                                                                               The characteristic D-shaped emergence
problem.” State and                                                               Typically,	Emerald	             hole left behind by the adult stage of
federal officials are                                                       Ash Borer will kill an ash          emerald ash borer on a green ash tree.
conducting	intensive	                                                       tree	within	three	years	
surveys	for	the	insect	                                                     of the initial infestation. Adults are dark green, one-half inch in
near	the	detection	                                                         length and one-eighth inch wide, and fly only from early May
site.	The	quarantine	                                                       until September. Larvae spend the rest of the year beneath the
is	designed	to	help	           A mating pair of emerald ash borers on the   bark of ash trees, and when they emerge as adults, leave D-
slow	the	spread	of	the	 trunk of a white ash in a residential landscape     shaped holes in the bark about one-eighth inch wide.
                                  in Butler County, Cranberry Township,
beetle.                                                    Pennsylvania.          People	who	suspect	they	have	seen	Emerald	Ash	Borer	
       Pennsylvania’s	                                                      should call the Department’s toll-free pest hotline at 1-866-253-
quarantine	restricts	the	movement	from	the	quarantine	area	of	ash	          7189. For more information about Emerald Ash Borer, visit
nursery stock, green lumber, and any other ash material, includ-  	or	call	717-772-5229.		
ing logs, stumps, roots and branches, and all wood chips. Due               	
to the difficulty in distinguishing between species of hardwood             Taken from:	Pennsylvania	Department	of	Agriculture	Press	
firewood, all hardwood firewood—including ash, oak, maple and               Release by Kristi L. Rooker.
hickory—are considered quarantined.

(Hypersensitivity	continued	from	page	5)		
a smoker buy the one next to me, but that is all I can afford.              walking with a friend in her neighborhood. Before I could get out
However,	I	was	stopped	cold	when	the	home	inspection	                       of	the	vicinity,	the	application	was	already	coming	through	the	
uncovered	moisture	from	poor	water	drainage	in	the	walls,	as	I	             hose.	I	covered	my	nose	and	ran	to	get	away	from	the	allergen.	
am also allergic to mold. I lost $1,000 in that deal. Sigh. I finally       However, my lungs had already been irritated that day from
purchased the condo that I had been living in for the past two              another teacher’s varnish that was brought into school to finish a
years because it was a safe bet, even though I am now strapped              personal	project	during	their	free	time.	They	had	no	idea	that	the	
for cash because of the purchase, and still breathe smoke from              varnish	would	have	such	a	severe	affect	on	me.	Overall,	I	needed	
time	to	time.	                                                              three	to	four	days	to	recover	from	these	two	chemical	exposures.	
	                                                                                  This is my life. I hope someday that I will be able to live
Always on Guard                                                             normally, yet until then, I am always on guard!
Some of the chemical lawn companies are my biggest concern,
since	their	chemicals	affect	me	the	most.		I	was	in	a	panic	one	            Written by:	Donna	Plummer,	Pennsylvania	resident	on	the	
day when a lawn care truck parked nearby while I was leisurely              Hypersenstivity	Registry.	

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                            PESTICIDE HIGHLIGHTS
For Public/Commercial Pesticide Applicators                                                                                                       August 2007

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