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Environment Protection Authority

Citrus farmer fined for pesticide misuse

Media release: 12 January 2017

A citrus farmer in the Curlwaa area in the Sunraysia region has been fined by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for misuse of pesticides.

The EPA issued two fines of $400 to the citrus farmer, for using a pesticide contrary to an Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) permit, and for not having the appropriate qualifications to use pesticides on the site. A third fine of $750 was issued to the farmer for not keeping appropriate records of the pesticides that were used.

EPA Acting Manager Regional Operations South West Darren Wallett said some pesticides can be dangerous to the community and environment if they are not used properly.

“Individuals using pesticides must be certified and must follow the strict procedures when mixing and applying pesticides,” Mr Wallett said.

“Anyone using pesticides must carefully read the label on the container. These label instructions are designed to ensure that the pesticide can be used safely by the operator and that the community, wildlife and the environment are not harmed. It is for this reason that the label instructions form part of the legal requirements.

“The APVMA sometimes issues permits to use pesticides contrary to the label, as they did in this case, however it is essential that all conditions of the permit are complied with.

“Pesticide users also have a responsibility to keep records of spraying activities and store pesticides appropriately. 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.

“This incident is a reminder to all, if you are using pesticides make sure you are trained and clearly understand the rules that apply to the pesticide that you are using.”

If people suspect that they have been impacted by the misuse of pesticides 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 media

Page last updated: 12 January 2017