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Environment Protection Authority

EPA stamps down on pesticide offences in Western Sydney

Media release: 5 April 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has stamped down on poor pesticide practices in Western Sydney, issuing three fines totalling $3450 in March 2017.

A Pest Management Technician in Oran Park has been fined $1150 for operating without a pest management technician licence and failing to keep adequate records of pesticide use.

Additionally, a herb farmer from Horsley Park and a flower grower from Kemps Creek have been fined $1150 each for operating without appropriate pesticide application qualifications and failing to keep adequate records.

EPA Director Hazardous Materials Chemicals and Radiation Asela Atapattu said regardless of the size of the operation, commercial pesticide users must be certified and must follow the regulations.

“Pesticides can be dangerous if incorrectly used or managed. The regulations and rules in place help the EPA protect human health.

“Growers and pest management technicians have a responsibility to keep accurate records of spraying activities. This should include information on the type and volume of pesticides used, the area of land that was sprayed and the time and weather conditions on the day.

“It’s also important that pesticides are stored properly and the empty pesticide containers are disposed of in the right way.”

Mr Atapattu said that people in Western Sydney can do their bit to help the EPA.

“If you see someone using pesticides in a way that you think isn’t quite right, let us know and we’ll investigate.

“It’s also a good idea to ask to see the licence of your pest management technician. By sighting a licence you can have confidence that the person has undertaken the appropriate training and is being safe around your home.”

To report pesticide misuse or to check the licence of a pesticide technician, call the EPA’s 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 and Pesticides Regulation 2009.

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

-ENDS

Contact: Public Affairs Officer

Page last updated: 05 April 2017