Reducing Environmental Risk

3 conditions for using RUPs in New York

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Environmental Due Diligence

If you are a New York business person engaged in agricultural activities, you may have used pesticides for various applications. Restricted use pesticides (RUPs) are meant for specific purposes and their application is tightly regulated due to their potential impact on human health and the environment.

In New York, the Department of Environmental Conservation outlines the conditions for using restricted-use pesticides (RUPs). These include the following.

1. Certification

Individuals who intend to become certified applicators of restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) must undergo a rigorous certification process administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC). This process includes passing a written examination that tests their knowledge of pesticide laws, safe handling practices, application techniques and environmental protection measures. Additionally, applicators may need to complete continuing education courses to maintain their certification and stay current with the latest regulations and safety protocols.

2. Adherence to usage guidelines

RUPs must be used strictly in accordance with the instructions provided on the pesticide label and the guidelines set forth by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC). This includes following specified dosages, application methods and timing to ensure effective pest control while minimizing risks to human health, non-target organisms and the environment. Applicators must also adhere to any restrictions related to weather conditions, proximity to water sources and buffer zones around sensitive areas to prevent contamination and unintended exposure.

3. Record-keeping and reporting

Applicators are required to maintain detailed records of all RUP applications. These records must include information such as the type and quantity of pesticide used, the date and location of the application, the target pest and weather conditions at the time of application. Records must be kept for a minimum period as specified by the NYS DEC and be available for inspection upon request. Accurate record-keeping helps ensure compliance with regulations and aids in the monitoring of pesticide use and its potential impacts on the environment and public health.

If you intend to use RUPs for your agricultural activities, it is important to seek legal guidance to help ensure you are fully compliant with all regulatory requirements and to avoid potential penalties or legal issues.




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