Regulations became effective in 2013 that eliminate the requirement for pesticide-use permits for most applications on state owned lands. However, state agencies are required to develop and implement an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM Plan) prior to applying pesticides on state lands or rights-of-way. Regulatory requirements are detailed in 18 AAC 90.640-650.
For more information about IPM Plan requirements, call us at 907-376-1870.
When is an IPM Plan required?
An IPM Plan is required before a state agency may apply pesticide to state land or state right-of-way.
IPM Plans and following requirements are NOT required under the following circumstances:
- Application to less than one acre of state land or state right-of-way;
- Application of antimicrobial pesticides (sanitizers) or personal use insect repellents; or
- Application of pesticides inside buildings or structures.
IPM Plan Contents
The IPM Plan must include a description of:
- Preventive methods;
- Pest monitoring activities;
- Threshold for allowable pest presence;
- Potential mechanical or physical controls;
- Pesticide name;
- EPA registration number; and
- Identity of the Person In Charge.
This is an example IPM plan that can be modified for use in various situations. You will need to save it to your computer to modify it.
The agency must:
- If the pesticide will be applied at a school, comply with the parental notification and treatment area posting requirements specified in 18 AAC 90.625.
- If the pesticide will be applied at a public place* (see bottom of page for definition), including government facilities, and public parks or sports fields, comply with treatment area posting requirements specified in 18 AAC 90.630.
- For all other applications, publish two consecutive notices in a newspaper. The notice must be published at least 30 days before the first application each year and must include the following information about the pesticide application:
- Name of pesticide;
- EPA registration number;
- Target pest;
- Application method;
- Approximate number of applications in the year; and
- Where to get more information.
Other Notification and Reporting
The agency must:
- Submit the IPM Plan to DEC to be published on DEC website prior to first application;
- Notify DEC at least 15 days prior to using pesticide (each application);
- Notify public drinking water systems within 200 feet (by return receipt mail) at least 30 days prior to using pesticide for first time in a year; and
- Post a report on pesticide use on the responsible agency’s website if pesticide is applied to 20 acres or more in one year. The report must include;
- Product name,
- EPA registration number,
- Quantity of mixed pesticide applied, and
- Location of application.
Person in Charge
The agency must designate a Person in Charge, who is required to
- Develop the IPM Plan;
- Implement the IPM Plan;
- Ensure compliance with the IPM Plan;
- Review and update the IPM Plan every 2 years;
- Act as the point of contact for the pesticide project or program;
- Ensure pesticides are used in compliance with regulations;
- Keep written records of pesticide use and notifications, and described below; and
- Post a report on pesticide use if pesticide is applied to 20 acres or more in one year, as specified above.
Record Keeping Requirements
Records of pesticide use and notifications must be kept for at least two years. Records must include:
- Details about the application specified in 18 AAC 90.415(2);
- Copies of notifications/posting made to the public;
- Copies of notifications made to DEC; and
- Copies of notifications made to drinking water systems.
Definition Of A Project Or Program
A public pesticide program or project is defined as use of a pesticide that is conducted, directed, or funded by a state, borough, or city agency.
Pesticide applications are considered a single program or project if all application of pesticides:
- Target the same pests;
- Are conducted in the same calendar year;
- Are conducted by the same agency;
- Uses pesticide products identified in a single IPM plan;
- Use the same concentration of each pesticide (within 10%);and
- Use the same application methods.
Pesticides applied under an IPM plan must be applied by certified applicator.
*Public Place in AS 46.03.320(c): A person may not apply a pesticide or broadcast chemical in a public place unless licensed by the department or otherwise authorized under a regulation of the department. The department shall by regulation provide for reasonable public notification, including written notice posted on the application site, when pesticides and broadcast chemicals are applied in a public place. In this subsection, "public place" means (1) common areas of an apartment building or other multi-family dwelling; (2) that portion of a government office or facility to which access is not ordinarily restricted to employees; and (3) plazas, parks, and public sports fields.