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Environment Protection Authority

EPA fines local pesticide users

Media release: 6 January 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued fines of $1,900 to local market garden farmers in north western Sydney for not following the requirements of pesticide use.

A fine of $1,150 was issued to a Kellyville vegetable farmer for using pesticides without appropriate qualifications and for not keeping records of pesticide use. Another fine of $750 was issued to a Glenorie stonefruit orchard farmer for also not keeping records of pesticide use.  

EPA Regional Director Metropolitan Branch Giselle Howard said regardless of the size of the operation pesticide users must be certified and must follow the regulations.

“Pesticides can be dangerous if incorrectly applied or managed, especially to people who work with pesticides or are regularly exposed to them.

“Training in the correct use of pesticides minimises mistakes being made and is one of the most effective ways of protecting workers, the community and the environment.

“Growers also have a responsibility to keep records of spraying activities, store pesticides appropriately and to ensure that pesticide containers are adequately labelled.

“Records should include information on the area of land sprayed, the time and weather conditions of spraying and the type and volume of pesticides used.”

If people suspect inappropriate pesticide use they can report it to the EPA Environment Line on 131 555.

The EPA regulates the use of pesticides in NSW, including those used in agriculture, on public land and in commercial and domestic premises, through the provisions of the Pesticides Act 1999.

Further information on pesticides is available on the EPA website here: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pesticides/pesticides.htm

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 06 January 2017