APDES 2017 Pesticide General Permit (PGP)

Pesticide Decision Tool - NEW

DEC developed this interactive decision tool to help you answer the following questions about the Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (APDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP):

  • Do I need an APDES permit for my pesticide applications?
  • Am I eligible for coverage under the APDES PGP?
  • What is required of me under the APDES PGP?

This is an interactive tool for your informational purposes only. The information in this step-by-step guide is based on DECís 2017†APDES PGP and is only to be used for areas where DEC is the APDES permitting authority (the State of Alaska - except lands within the Metlakatla Indian Reservation and the Denali National Park Reserve).




Step 2: I need an APDES permit for my pesticide application in the State of Alaska. Am I eligible for coverage under DEC's APDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP)?

You are not eligible for coverage under DECís APDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP). You may be eligible for coverage under EPA's NPDES Pesticide General Permit. See www.epa.gov/npdes/pesticide-permitting for more information.

You are not eligible for coverage under DECís APDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP).
You should contact the APDES Storm Water and Wetlands Program for more information (907-334-2288).

You are eligible for coverage under DEC's APDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP). (See Part 1.1 of the permit for further eligibility details).


Step 3: I need an APDES permit for my pesticide application and I am eligible for coverage under DEC's APDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP). What is required of me under the PGP?


Are you a decision-maker or a for-hire applicator? (See Part 1.0 and Appendix C for definitions.)

  • Decision Maker: Any entity with control over the decision to perform pesticide applications including the ability to modify those decisions that result in a discharge to waters of the United States.
  • Applicator: Any entity who performs the application of a pesticide or who has day-to-day control of the application (i.e., they are authorized to direct workers to carry out those activities) that results in a discharge to waters of the United States.


Will any of your discharges be to waters of the U.S. containing Federally Listed Essential Endangered and Threatened Species or Designated Critical Habitat (Listed)?

Listings of endangered and threatened species and federally-listed critical habitat in Alaska and interactive maps is available at:


Are you a federal or state agency with the responsibility:

  1. to control mosquitoes for public health, nuisance control or animal welfare;
  2. to control weeds and algae;
  3. to control animals for public health, nuisance control or resource management; or
  4. to control forest canopy pests?

Are you a:

  1. mosquito control district or similar pest control district; or
  2. irrigation and weed control district or similar pest control district?

Are you a small entity as defined in Appendix C of the permit?

A small entity is any:
  1. private enterprise that does not exceed the Small Business Administration size standard as identified at 13 CFR 121.201, https://www.sba.gov/navigation-structure/contracting/contracting-officials/small-business-size-standards, or
  2. local governement that serves a population of 10,000 or less.


Will you exceed any of these thresholds?:
(For calculating annual treatment area thresholds, see the definition in Appendix C of the permit.)

  1. adulticiding more than 6,400 acres during a calendar year;
  2. weeds or algae pest control with an annual treatment area of more than either 20 linear miles or 80 acres;
  3. animal pest control with an annual treatment area of more than either 20 linear miles or 80 acres;
  4. treating more than 6,400 acres of forest canopy pests during a calendar year; or
  5. treating a Tier 3 water to restore or maintain water quality or to protect public health or the environment that either does not degrade water quality or only degrades water quality on a short-term or temporary basis?

Are you a small entity as defined in Appendix C of the permit?

A small entity is any:
  1. private enterprise that does not exceed the Small Business Administration size standard as identified at 13 CFR 121.201,https://www.sba.gov/navigation-structure/contracting/contracting-officials/small-business-size-standards, or
  2. local governement that serves a population of 10,000 or less.


Are you a small entity as defined in Appendix C of the permit?

A small entity is any:
  1. private enterprise that does not exceed the Small Business Administration size standard as identified at 13 CFR 121.201,https://www.sba.gov/navigation-structure/contracting/contracting-officials/small-business-size-standards, or
  2. local governement that serves a population of 10,000 or less.


You are reminded of the following requirements:

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) at least 30 days prior to discharge (see Permit Part 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 for more details)
  2. Annual permit fee ($250), (see Permit Part 1.2.3
  3. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, "Part 2.2: Decision-makers' Responsibilities for all Decision-makers
  4. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, Part 2.2: Decision-makers' Responsibilities for Decision-makers Required to Submit NOIs
  5. Water Quality, Part 3
  6. Monitoring, Part 4
  7. Pesticide Discharge Management Plan (PDMP), Part 5 (not required for applications made in response to Declared Pest Emergencies)
  8. Corrective Action, Part 6
  9. Recordkeeping, Parts 7.0, 7.1, 7.4, and 7.5
  10. Annual Report, Part 7.6
  11. Standard Permit Conditions, Appendix A

For any applications where you self-apply the pesticides, your requirements also include

  1. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, Part 2.0: Applicators' Responsibilities
  2. Monitoring for Applicators, Part 4.1

You are reminded of the following requirements::

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) at least 30 days prior to discharge (see Permit Part 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 for more details):
    1. For applications that discharge to waters of the U.S. containing Federally Listed Essential Endangered and Threatened Species and Designated Critical Habitat (Listed) (See Permit Part 1.6),
      1. Notify the Service (NMFS or FWS) 60 days prior to initial discharge, and
      2. Provide a copy of the notification and any water quality based recommendations from the Service to DEC when submitting the NOI
  2. Annual permit fee ($250), (see Permit Part 1.2.3
  3. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, "Part 2.2: Decision-makers' Responsibilities for all Decision-makers
  4. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, Part 2.2: Decision-makers' Responsibilities for Decision-makers Required to Submit NOIs
  5. Water Quality, Part 3
  6. Monitoring, Part 4
  7. Pesticide Discharge Management Plan (PDMP), Part 5 (not required for applications made in response to Declared Pest Emergencies)
  8. Corrective Action, Part 6
  9. Recordkeeping, Parts 7.0, 7.1, 7.4, and 7.5
  10. Annual Report, Part 7.6
  11. Standard Permit Conditions, Appendix A

For any applications where you self-apply the pesticides, your requirements also include

  1. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, Part 2.0: Applicators' Responsibilities
  2. Monitoring for Applicators, Part 4.1

You are reminded of the following requirements::

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) at least 30 days prior to discharge (see Permit Part 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 for more details)
  2. Annual permit fee ($250), (see Permit Part 1.2.3
  3. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, "Part 2.2: Decision-makers' Responsibilities for all Decision-makers
  4. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, Part 2.2: Decision-makers' Responsibilities for Decision-makers Required to Submit NOIs
  5. Water Quality, Part 3
  6. Monitoring, Part 4
  7. Corrective Action, Part 6
  8. Recordkeeping, Parts 7.0, 7.1, 7.3, and 7.5
  9. Standard Permit Conditions, Appendix A

For any applications where you self-apply the pesticides, your requirements also include:

  1. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, Part 2.0: Applicators' Responsibilities
  2. Monitoring for Applicators, Part 4.1

You are reminded of the following requirements::

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) at least 30 days prior to discharge (see Permit Part 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 for more details):
    1. For applications that discharge to waters of the U.S. containing Federally Listed Essential Endangered and Threatened Species and Designated Critical Habitat (Listed) (See Permit Part 1.6),
      1. Notify the Service (NMFS or FWS) 60 days prior to initial discharge, and
      2. Provide a copy of the notification and any water quality based recommendations from the Service to DEC when submitting the NOI
  2. Annual permit fee ($250), (see Permit Part 1.2.3
  3. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, "Part 2.2: Decision-makers' Responsibilities for all Decision-makers
  4. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, Part 2.2: Decision-makers' Responsibilities for Decision-makers Required to Submit NOIs
  5. Water Quality, Part 3
  6. Monitoring, Part 4
  7. Corrective Action, Part 6
  8. Recordkeeping, Parts 7.0, 7.1, 7.3, and 7.5
  9. Standard Permit Conditions, Appendix A

For any applications where you self-apply the pesticides, your requirements also include:

  1. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, Part 2.0: Applicators' Responsibilities
  2. Monitoring for Applicators, Part 4.1

You are reminded of the following requirements::

  1. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, "Part 2.2: Decision-makers' Responsibilities for all Decision-makers
  2. Water Quality, Part 3
  3. Monitoring, Part 4
  4. Corrective Action, Part 6
  5. Recordkeeping, Parts 7.1 and 7.5
  6. Standard Permit Conditions, Appendix A

If you are self-applying a pesticide, your requirements also include:

  1. Technology-Based Effluent Limitations, Part 2.1: Applicators' Responsibilities
  2. Monitoring for Applicators, Part 4.1

Your requirements are:

IMPORTANT: If you are a Decision-Maker any entity with control over the decision to perform pesticide applications including the ability to modify those decisions (as defined in Part 1.0) and your treatment area could potentially overlap with any ESA-listed species or critical habitat (as identified in maps at http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/mapping/esa and https://ecos.fws.gov/ipac), please consult Part 1.6 and Part 1.2 for your requirements under the PGP.

Contacts

For more information, please contact:

Jim Rypkema Storm Water – Wetlands Program Manager
ADEC, Div of Water
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Office: 907-334-2288 | Fax: 907-269-3487
Email: Jim.Rypkema@alaska.gov
Shannon DeWandel Environmental Program Specialist III
ADEC, Div of Water
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Office: 907-269-0103 | Fax: 907-269-3487
Email: Shannon.DeWandel@alaska.gov