CHAPTER 441
PESTICIDE CONTROL

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Sec. 22a-59. Enforcement; inspection, samples, warrants.
Sec. 22a-61. Prohibited acts. Certification refusal, revocation; grounds; hearing.
Sec. 22a-63. Penalties: Fine, imprisonment.
Sec. 22a-66a. Notification of the application of pesticides. Registry. Regulations. Penalty.
Sec. 22a-66l. Application of pesticides by state agencies. Review by Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Model integrated pest management plans.

PART I
GENERAL PROVISIONS

      Sec. 22a-59. Enforcement; inspection, samples, warrants. (a) For purposes of enforcing the provisions of this chapter, sections 10-231b, 10-231c, 10-231d, subsection (a) of section 23-61a and sections 23-61b and 23-61f, the commissioner may designate, within available appropriations, officers or employees who may enter at reasonable times, any establishment or other place where pesticides or devices are being or have been used, or where pesticides or devices are held for use, distribution or sale in order to: (1) Observe the application of pesticides; (2) determine if the applicator is or should be certified; (3) determine if the applicator has obtained a proper permit to apply restricted use pesticides; (4) inspect equipment or devices used to apply pesticides; (5) inspect or investigate the validity of damage claims; (6) inspect or obtain samples in any place where pesticides or devices have been used or are held for use, storage, distribution or sale; (7) obtain samples of any pesticides or devices packaged, labeled and released for shipment and samples of any containers or labeling for such pesticides or devices, and (8) obtain samples of any pesticides or devices that have been used; and obtain samples of any containers or labeling for such pesticides or devices. Before undertaking such inspection, the officers or employees shall present to the owner, operator, or agent in charge of the establishment or other place where pesticides or devices are held for distribution or sale, appropriate credentials and a written statement as to the reason for the inspection, including a statement as to whether a violation of the law is suspected. If no violation is suspected, an alternate and sufficient reason shall be given in writing. Each such inspection shall be commenced and completed with reasonable promptness. If the officer or employee obtains any samples, prior to leaving the premises, he shall give to the owner, operator, or agent in charge a receipt describing the samples obtained and, if requested, a portion of each such sample equal in volume or weight to the portion retained. If an analysis is made of such samples, the laboratories of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station may be used and a copy of the results of such analysis shall be furnished promptly to the owner, operator, or agents in charge and the commissioner.

      (b) For purposes of enforcing the provisions of this part, subsection (a) of section 23-61a and sections 23-61b and 23-61f, and upon a showing to an officer or court of competent jurisdiction that there is reason to believe that the provisions of this chapter and said sections have been violated, officers or employees duly designated by the commissioner are empowered to obtain and to execute warrants authorizing: (1) Entry for the purpose of this section; (2) inspection and reproduction of all records showing the quantity, date of shipment, and the name of consignor and consignee of any pesticide or device found in the establishment which is adulterated, misbranded, not registered, in the case of a pesticide, or otherwise in violation of this part and said sections and in the event of the inability of any person to produce records containing such information, all other records and information relating to such delivery, movement, or holding of the pesticide or device; and (3) the seizure of any pesticide or device which is in violation of this part and said sections.

      (P.A. 73-540, S. 14, 28; P.A. 74-338, S. 72, 94; P.A. 77-529, S. 17; P.A. 83-108, S. 3; P.A. 02-89, S. 61; P.A. 07-168, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 74-338 substituted "are recognized" for "or recognized", a technical change in Subsec. (a); P.A. 77-529 allowed commissioner's designees to enter places for purposes other than inspection or obtaining samples in Subsec. (a); P.A. 83-108 amended Subsec. (a) to clarify the department's authority in obtaining pesticide samples from areas where they have been used or stored and to substitute "chapter" for "part"; P.A. 02-89 replaced references to "sections 23-61b to 23-61d, inclusive, and 23-61f" with references to "sections 23-61b and 23-61f" in Subsecs. (a) and (b), reflecting repeal of Sec. 23-61d by the same public act, and made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b); P.A. 07-168 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Secs. 10-231b, 10-231c and 10-231d to list of sections that commissioner may enforce, and limited designation of agents to act for commissioner to within available appropriations.

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      Sec. 22a-61. Prohibited acts. Certification refusal, revocation; grounds; hearing. (a) Except as provided by subsection (b) of this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to use, distribute, sell, offer for sale, hold for sale, ship, deliver for shipment, or receive and having so received, deliver or offer to deliver, to any person:

      (1) Any pesticide which is not registered pursuant to this part, except as provided by subsection (a) of section 22a-52;

      (2) Any registered pesticide if any claims made for it as a part of its distribution or sale substantially differ from any claims made for it as a part of the statement required in connection with its registration;

      (3) Any registered pesticide the composition of which differs at the time of its distribution or sale from its composition as described in the statement required in connection with its registration;

      (4) Any pesticide which has not been colored or discolored pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (3) of subsection (c) of section 22a-66;

      (5) Any pesticide which is adulterated or misbranded; or

      (6) Any device which is misbranded.

      (b) It shall be unlawful for any person:

      (1) To detach, alter, deface, or destroy, in whole or in part, any labeling required under FIFRA;

      (2) To refuse to keep any records required pursuant to section 22a-58, or to refuse to allow the inspection of any records or establishment pursuant to sections 22a-58 and 22a-59, or to refuse to allow an officer or employee of the Department of Environmental Protection to take a sample of any pesticide pursuant to section 22a-59;

      (3) To give a guaranty or undertaking provided for in subsection (c) of this section which is false in any particular, except that a person who receives and relies upon a guaranty authorized under subsection (c) of this section may give a guaranty to the same effect, which guaranty shall contain, in addition to that person's own name and address, the name and address of the person residing in the United States from whom the guaranty or undertaking was received;

      (4) To use for his own advantage or to reveal, other than to the commissioner or officials or employees of the Department of Environmental Protection or other federal or state executive agencies, or to the courts, or to physicians, pharmacists and other qualified persons, needing such information for the performance of their duties, in accordance with such directions as the commissioner may prescribe, any information acquired by authority of this part which is confidential under this part;

      (5) Who is a registrant, wholesaler, dealer, retailer or other distributor to advertise a product registered under this part for restricted use without giving the classification of the product assigned to it under section 22a-50;

      (6) To make available for use, or to use, any registered pesticide classified for restricted use or permit use for some or all purposes other than in accordance with section 22a-50 and any regulations adopted thereunder;

      (7) To use any registered pesticide in a manner inconsistent with restrictions prescribed under this part, subsection (a) of section 23-61a, section 23-61b or inconsistent with labeling;

      (8) To use any pesticide which is under an experimental use permit contrary to the provisions of the permit;

      (9) To violate any order issued under section 22a-62;

      (10) To violate any suspension order issued pursuant to this part;

      (11) To violate any cancellation of registration of a pesticide;

      (12) To violate any provision of section 22a-56 or any regulation established pursuant to this part;

      (13) To violate any provision of section 10-231b, 10-231c, 10-231d or 22a-57;

      (14) To knowingly falsify all or part of any application for registration, application for experimental use permit, any records required to be maintained pursuant to section 22a-58, any report filed under this part, or any information marked as confidential and submitted to the commissioner under any provision of this part;

      (15) Who is a registrant, wholesaler, dealer, retailer or other distributor to fail to file reports required by this part;

      (16) To use any pesticide in tests on human beings unless such human beings (i) are fully informed of the nature and purposes of the test and of any physical and mental health consequences which are reasonably foreseeable, therefrom, and (ii) freely volunteer to participate in the test.

      (c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to:

      (1) Any person who establishes a guaranty signed by, and containing the name and address of, the registrant or person residing in the United States from whom the pesticide was purchased or received in good faith in the same unbroken package, to the effect that the pesticide was lawfully registered at the time of sale and delivery to him, and that it complies with the other requirements of this part, and in such case the guarantor shall be subject to the penalties which would otherwise attach to the person holding the guaranty under the provisions of this part;

      (2) Any common or contract carrier while lawfully shipping, transporting or delivering for shipment any pesticide or device, if such carrier upon request by any officer or employee duly designated by the commissioner shall permit such officer or employee to copy all of its records concerning such pesticide or device;

      (3) Any public official while engaged in the performance of official duties, unless such public official is using restricted use pesticides;

      (4) Any person using or possessing any pesticide as provided by an experimental use permit in effect with respect to such pesticide and such use or possession; or

      (5) Any person who ships a substance or mixture of substances being put through tests in which the purpose is only to determine its value for pesticide purposes or to determine its toxicity or other properties and from which the user does not expect to receive any benefit in pest control from its use.

      (d) It shall be unlawful for any person not certified as a commercial applicator to advertise or to solicit to perform commercial application of pesticides.

      (e) It shall be unlawful for any person possessing an operational certificate for commercial application to perform or to advertise or solicit to perform any activity requiring a supervisory certificate for commercial application.

      (f) (1) The commissioner may refuse to grant applicator certification or renewal of certification and may revoke or suspend certification following a hearing in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. Any violation of a section of this part or section 22a-66y or 22a-66z or a regulation adopted thereunder, applicable to certified applicators, shall be grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of certification. Grounds for denial, revocation or suspension shall include, but shall not be limited to the following: (A) Use of a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with the registered labeling or with state or federal restrictions on the use of such pesticide; (B) falsification of records required to be maintained pursuant to subsection (c) or (d) of section 22a-58, or refusal to keep and maintain such records; (C) applying pesticides generally known in the trade to be ineffective or improper for the intended use; (D) operating faulty or unsafe equipment; (E) applying a pesticide in a faulty, careless or negligent manner; (F) neglecting or refusing to comply with the provisions of this part, the rules or regulations adopted hereunder, or any lawful order of the commissioner; (G) using fraud or misrepresentation in making an application for or in renewing a permit or certification; (H) refusing or neglecting to comply with any limitations or restriction in a duly issued permit or certification; (I) aiding or abetting a certified or an uncertified person to evade the provisions of this part, or conspiring with such a certified or an uncertified person to evade the provisions of this part; (J) allowing one's permit or certification to be used by another person; (K) making a false or misleading statement during an inspection or investigation concerning an infestation of pests, accident in applying a pesticide, misuse of a pesticide, or violation of a statute or regulation; (L) performing work, whether for compensation or not, in a category for which the applicator does not have certification; or (M) failure to submit records required to be maintained pursuant to subsection (c) of section 22a-58.

      (2) The commissioner shall review an applicator's certification in the event that: (A) The applicator is convicted of a criminal violation of FIFRA; (B) a final order is issued by the Environmental Protection Agency assessing a civil penalty against the applicator under FIFRA, or (C) the applicator's certification has been revoked in another state, and may institute a suspension or revocation hearing.

      (3) Any certified applicator whose certification is suspended or revoked under the provisions of this part shall not be eligible to apply for a new certificate until such time has elapsed from the date of the order suspending or revoking said certificate as has been established by the commissioner.

      (P.A. 73-540, S. 16, 28; 73-616, S. 28; P.A. 74-338, S. 73, 94; P.A. 77-529, S. 18-20; P.A. 82-158, S. 4, 6; P.A. 87-101, S. 2; P.A. 07-168, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 73-616 made technical change in Subsec. (b)(2); P.A. 74-338 substituted "The provisions of this section shall not apply to" for "It shall not be a violation for" in Subsec. (c); P.A. 77-529 substituted "FIFRA" for full title of federal act in Subsec. (b)(1), prohibited use of pesticide "inconsistent with labeling" in Subsec. (b)(7), clarified exclusion of public officials from provisions in Subsec. (c)(3) by adding "unless such public official is using restricted use pesticides" and added Subsec. (f) re suspension or revocation and review of certifications; P.A. 82-158 amended Subsec. (a) to prohibit the "use" of improperly registered or misbranded pesticides substituted references to certification for references to licensure and made other technical revisions; P.A. 87-101 added Subsec. (f)(1)(M) making failure to submit records ground for denial, revocation or suspension of certificate; P.A. 07-168 amended Subsec. (b)(13) to add Secs. 10-231b, 10-231c and 10-231d to list of violations.

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      Sec. 22a-63. Penalties: Fine, imprisonment. (a) Any registrant, commercial applicator, uncertified person who performs or advertises or solicits to perform commercial application, wholesaler, dealer, retailer or other distributor who knowingly violates any provision of this chapter, section 10-231b, 10-231c, 10-231d, subsection (a) of section 23-61a or section 23-61b, shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than one year or both.

      (b) Any private applicator or other person, not included in subsection (a) of this section, who knowingly violates any provision of this chapter, section 10-231b, 10-231c, 10-231d, subsection (a) of section 23-61a or section 23-61b, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both.

      (c) Any person who, with intent to defraud, uses or reveals information relative to formulas of products acquired under the authority of this chapter, shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than one year or both.

      (d) When construing and enforcing the provisions of this chapter, sections 10-231b, 10-231c, 10-231d, subsection (a) of section 23-61a and sections 23-61b and 23-61f, the action, omission or failure to act of any officer, agent or other person acting for or employed by any person shall in every case be also deemed to be the action, omission or failure to act of such person as well as that of the person employed.

      (e) Any person who violates any provision of this chapter, section 10-231b, 10-231c or 10-231d, may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars per day for each day such violation continues. The Attorney General, upon complaint of the commissioner, shall institute a civil action to recover such penalty in the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford. All actions brought by the Attorney General shall have precedence in the order of trial as provided in section 52-191.

      (f) Any person who is not certified as a commercial applicator who performs or advertises or solicits to perform commercial application of a pesticide, or any person possessing an operational certificate for commercial application under section 22a-54 who performs or advertises or solicits to perform any activity requiring a supervisory certificate for commercial application shall be assessed a civil penalty in an amount not less than one thousand dollars or more than two thousand dollars for each day such violation continues. For any subsequent violation, such penalty shall be not more than five thousand dollars. The Attorney General, upon complaint of the commissioner, may institute a civil action to recover such penalty in the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford. Any penalties collected under this subsection shall be deposited in the Environmental Quality Fund established under section 22a-27g and shall be used by the commissioner to carry out the purposes of this section.

      (P.A. 73-540, S. 18, 28; P.A. 77-529, S. 22; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; 88-246, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4-6; P.A. 98-229, S. 6; P.A. 99-225, S. 23, 33; P.A. 01-204, S. 6, 29; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 73, 131; P.A. 02-89, S. 63; P.A. 03-19, S. 56; P.A. 07-168, S. 4; 07-217, S. 106.)

      History: P.A. 77-529 replaced "unlicensed" with "uncertified" in Subsec. (a) and reduced maximum fine from $25,000 to $5,000; P.A. 88-230 replaced "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" with "judicial district of Hartford", effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 88-246 made technical changes and added Subsec. (e) establishing a civil penalty for violations of the chapter; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 98-229 added new Subsec. (f) re fines for certain violations under this chapter; P.A. 99-225 amended Subsec. (f) to change the criminal penalty under that subsection to a civil penalty enforceable by a civil action brought by the Attorney General, effective June 29, 1999; P.A. 01-204 amended Subsec. (f) to delete provisions re violations of Secs. 22a-61(d) or (e), 23-61a(a) or 23-61b(a), to add provisions re assessment of civil penalty against certain persons who are not certified as commercial applicators or who have an operational certificate, and to provide that civil penalty be assessed for each day the violation continues, effective July 11, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 revised effective date of P.A. 01-204 but without affecting this section; P.A. 02-89 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) to replace references to "sections 23-61b to 23-61d, inclusive" with references to "section 23-61b" and amended Subsec. (d) to make a technical change and replace reference to "sections 23-61b to 23-61d, inclusive, and 23-61f" with reference to "sections 23-61b and 23-61f", reflecting repeal of Sec. 23-61d by the same public act; P.A. 03-19 made a technical change in Subsec. (f), effective May 12, 2003; P.A. 07-168 added Secs. 10-231b, 10-231c and 10-231d to lists of violations in Subsecs. (a), (b), (d) and (e); P.A. 07-217 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 12, 2007.

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      Sec. 22a-66a. Notification of the application of pesticides. Registry. Regulations. Penalty. (a) A pesticide application business, prior to entering into a written or oral agreement to apply a pesticide, shall provide to the person requesting the application and the resident or manager of the property to be treated (1) notification of the registry established pursuant to subsection (b) of this section and (2) a copy of that portion of the pesticide label, as defined in section 22a-47, which states the product name and registration number, the manufacturer, the active ingredients, the signal word, an emergency phone number, if listed, and any precautionary statements, including statements on environmental hazards, human and animal hazards, emergency treatment and reentry. Thereafter, the pesticide application business shall provide to such persons a copy of those portions of the label that state such information for any other pesticide to be applied prior to the initial application of such other pesticide. The provisions of subdivision (2) of this subsection shall not apply to any outdoor application of a pesticide made by a pesticide application business to maintain rights-of-way, facilities or equipment for an electric public service company, provided such application is consistent with a pesticide management plan approved in accordance with section 22a-66k.

      (b) On or after the adoption of regulations pursuant to subsection (g) of this section, a pesticide application business, prior to applying a pesticide within one hundred yards of any property line, shall provide notice of the time and date of the application to any owner or tenant who abuts the property to be treated and who requests notification. Notification may be requested by submitting a form prescribed by the commissioner to the pesticide application business or the commissioner. The form shall include the name, address and telephone number of the person requesting notification and the best time for notification and the name, address and telephone number, if listed in the directory, of any person whose property abuts the property of the person requesting notification. Each pesticide application business shall submit requests for notification to the commissioner who shall maintain a registry of persons requesting notification. A pesticide application business shall make not less than two attempts to notify any owner or tenant who requests notification. Such attempts shall be made as early as practicable but not later than twenty-four hours before the application. Notice may be by any method, including telephone, mail or personal notification. If attempts at notification by the applicator fail, an emergency application is necessary or best management practices of integrated pest management, as defined in section 22-11a, recommend an immediate pesticide application to reduce the amount of pesticides that would otherwise be necessary, the pesticide application business shall attempt to notify the owner or tenant in person immediately prior to the application. Notice of the application and attempts at notification shall be placed on the door of the person requesting notification if all notification attempts fail. Any person who provides notice of an aircraft application of a pesticide pursuant to regulations adopted under section 22a-66 shall not be required to provide notice under this subsection.

      (c) On or after the adoption of regulations pursuant to subsection (g) of this section, any person making an outdoor application of a pesticide within one hundred yards of any property line shall at the time of application post a sign notifying the public of the application at any conspicuous point of entry. A commercial pesticide applicator making an application shall post a sign every one hundred fifty feet of road frontage of treated property notifying the public of such application. Any sign posted pursuant to this subsection shall comply with the requirements adopted pursuant to subsection (g) of this section. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to (1) noncommercial applications to an area less than one hundred square feet or to a fenced area, or (2) applications on land that produces agricultural commodities from which gross sales in excess of one thousand dollars were realized or can reasonably be expected to be realized during any calendar year.

      (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, any person making an outdoor application of a restricted use pesticide on land which produces agricultural commodities shall post a sign notifying the public of such application (1) at each conspicuous point of entry and (2) at every one hundred fifty feet of road frontage of treated property if the application is within one hundred yards of any public road. If the application is more than twenty-five feet from a public road, such person shall be exempt from the requirements of subdivision (2) of this subsection for up to five hundred square feet of an application. Any sign posted pursuant to this subsection may be posted on a seasonal basis from the date of first application until the reentry period established under FIFRA, as amended from time to time, has lapsed for the last pesticide used or may be placed on an application-specific basis from the date of application until the reentry period established under FIFRA has lapsed for such application. Any such sign shall be maintained by the person making application in a readable manner provided such person shall not be responsible for acts of vandalism to such sign. Any sign posted pursuant to this subsection shall be not less than eight and one-half inches by eleven inches in size and shall be in form substantially as follows:

ATTENTION

RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDES ARE IN USE

PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA

The use of these products is in compliance with state and federal law. This notice is required by section 22a-66a of the general statutes.

The word "attention" shall be in letters at least one and one-half inches high, the words "restricted use pesticides are in use, please avoid this area" shall be in letters at least three-fourths of an inch high and any other wording on the sign shall be one-quarter of an inch or smaller.

      (e) On or after the adoption of regulations pursuant to subsection (g) of this section, a pesticide application business or any other person authorized to apply a pesticide, prior to applying a pesticide on a golf course, shall post a sign at the clubhouse and at the first tee notifying the public of the application. Such sign shall comply with regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection pursuant to said subsection (g).

      (f) On or after the adoption of regulations pursuant to subsection (g) of this section, any wholesaler or distributor selling pesticides to retail establishments shall make available to the owners of such retail establishments signs for notification of a pesticide application. Such owner shall provide a sign to any purchaser of a pesticide requiring the posting of a sign pursuant to subsection (c) of this section and shall display, at the point of sale, notice of the requirements for signs pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

      (g) On or before October 1, 1989, the commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing (1) specifications for signs required pursuant to subsections (c) and (e) of this section and provisions for posting of signs in retail establishments, and (2) procedures for compilation and maintenance of the registry required pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

      (h) Any pesticide application business or department, agency or institution of the state or municipality prior to making a pesticide application in any lake or pond with any public access owned by the state or municipality shall cause to be published notice of the application in a newspaper of general circulation in each municipality in which the lake or pond is located and shall post a sign notifying the public of the application at each place of public access. Such sign shall comply with regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (g) of this section. Any pesticide application business prior to making a pesticide application on any private lake or pond with more than one owner of shoreline property shall cause to be published notice of such application in a newspaper of general circulation in each municipality in which the lake or pond is located.

      (i) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, neither the state nor any municipality nor any pesticide application business, public service company or railroad company shall be required to provide notice of any pesticide application made to rights-of-way, distribution lines and roadsides, including guardrails, except that an electric public service company shall be required to comply with regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (b) of section 22a-66k concerning the on-site posting of a notice of pesticide application.

      (j) The Commissioner of Public Health, prior to spraying a seasonal larvicide for mosquito control, shall cause to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area of the spraying notice of such spraying. The Commissioner of Public Health or any municipal or district health department, prior to adulticide spraying for mosquito control, shall post a sign in the area of such spraying notifying the public of the spraying.

      (k) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 22a-63, any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than ninety dollars.

      (P.A. 86-100; P.A. 87-261, S. 3; 87-298, S. 1; P.A. 88-247, S. 1; 88-364, S. 120, 123; P.A. 90-294, S. 1, 2; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 46, 70; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 07-217, S. 107, 108.)

      History: P.A. 87-261 amended Subsec. (a) to authorize submission of portion of the label rather than the entire label; P.A. 87-298 inserted new Subsec. (b) re outdoor pesticide applications by commercial applicators to maintain electric public service company rights-of-way and relettered the former Subsec. (b) as (c); P.A. 88-247 amended Subsec. (a) by applying provisions to pesticide application businesses rather than commercial pesticide applicators and requiring notice of the registry, inserted new Subsec. (b) re notification of abutting property owners, added Subsec. (c) re posting of signs making an outdoor pesticide application, added Subsec. (d) re notice of pesticide applications at golf courses, added Subsec. (e) re availability of signs from wholesalers or distributors selling pesticides, added Subsec. (f) re adoption of regulations, added Subsec. (g) re pesticide applications to lakes or ponds with public access, added Subsec. (h) re notice of pesticide applications made to rights-of-way, distribution lines and guardrails, added Subsec. (i) re larvicide and adulticide spraying for mosquito control by the department of health services, making former Subsec. (b) a part of (a) and relettering former Subsec. (c) as (j); P.A. 88-364 made a technical change in Subsec. (b); P.A. 90-294 inserted new Subsec. (d) re application of restricted use pesticides on land which produces agricultural commodities and relettered the remaining Subsecs. effective January 1, 1992; May Sp. Sess. 92-11 amended Subsec. (i) to require electric public service companies to comply with certain regulations adopted pursuant to Subsec. (b) of Sec. 22a-66k; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes in Subsecs. (c), (f) and (g), effective July 12, 2007.

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      Sec. 22a-66l. Application of pesticides by state agencies. Review by Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Model integrated pest management plans. (a) Each state department, agency or institution shall use integrated pest management at facilities under its control if the Commissioner of Environmental Protection has provided model pest control management plans pertinent to such facilities.

      (b) Each state agency or school which enters into a contract for services for pest control and pesticide application may revise and maintain its bidding procedures to require contractors to supply integrated pest management services.

      (c) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall, within available appropriations, annually review a sampling of state department, agency, school or institution pest control management plans required by regulations adopted under subsection (e) of this section or section 10-231b, and may review any application of pesticides to determine whether a state department, agency, school or institution acted in accordance with subsection (a) of this section.

      (d) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may provide model pest control management plans which incorporate integrated pest management for each appropriate category of commercial pesticide certification which it offers. The commissioner shall, within available resources, notify municipalities, school boards, and other political subdivisions of the state of the availability of the model plans for their use. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall consult with any state agency head in the development of any such plan for properties in the custody or control of such agency head.

      (e) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing requirements for the application of pesticides by any state department, agency or institution. Such regulations shall include provisions for integrated pest management methods to reduce the amount of pesticides used. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section and any regulations adopted under this section, a pesticide may be applied if the Commissioner of Public Health determines there is a public health emergency or the Commissioner of Environmental Protection determines that such application is necessary for control of mosquitoes.

      (f) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall develop and implement a program to inform the public of the principles of integrated pest management and to encourage its application in private properties.

      (P.A. 88-247, S. 7, 12; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 97-242, S. 4; P.A. 07-168, S. 5; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 34.)

      History: P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-242 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that state agencies shall use integrated pest management at their facilities if the Commissioner of Environmental Protection has provided a model pest control management plan pertinent to such facilities, added new Subsecs. (b) to (d), inclusive, re state contracts for pest control, re review of state agency pest control management plans and re model pest control plans, respectively, redesignated former Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (e) and provided an exception to the requirements of this section for application of pesticides for control of mosquitoes, and added new Subsec. (f) re a public information program on integrated pest management; P.A. 07-168 added schools to lists of facilities over which Commissioner of Environmental Protection has oversight re integrated pest management plans in Subsecs. (b) and (c), amended Subsec. (c) to specify that sampling is to be done within available appropriations and made technical changes in Subsec. (c); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 made technical changes in Subsecs. (c) and (e).

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