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PESTICIDE PERMITS


According to the Sixth Circuit Court Ruling on National Cotton Council of America v. U.S. EPA (553 F.3d 927 (6th Cir., 2009)), the application of pesticides at, near, or over waters of the United States that results in discharges of pollutants requires coverage under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. In response to the Sixth Circuit Court’s decisions and previous decisions by other courts on pesticide regulation, the State Water Board has adopted four Pesticide Permits.

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Spray Application of Aquatic Pesticide onto Weeds in waterway

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Hot News! (by Permit)Aquatic Animal Invasive Species | Spray Applications | Vector Control | Weed Control


Aquatic Animal Invasive Species Control  »» Aquatic Animal Invasive Species Control Program Page

The Aquatic Animal Invasive Control Permit will be expiring in February 2016 and upon reissuance will include the changes described below:

  • Addition of copper as an active ingredient.
  • Addition of language that delegates the State Water Board's authority to the Executive Director or his/her designee to:
    • Add active ingredients that are registered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for the control of aquatic animal invasive species and corresponding receiving water limitations; and
    • Granting a regulatory exception to qualified dischargers from complying with pollutant receiving water limitations pursuant to the California Ocean Plan and/or the Policy for Implementation of Toxics Standards for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California.
  • Draft Permit
  • Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment and Notice of Public Hearing (Coming Soon)

Spray Applications  »» Spray Applications Program Page

The Spray Applications Permit will be expiring in February 2016 and upon reissuance will include the changes described below:

  • Changing the permit from a general permit to an individual permit and naming the California Department of Food and Agriculture as the sole agency covered by the individual statewide permit;
  • Removing toxicity testing requirements based on toxicity studies conducted under the Vector Control Permit, Order 2011-0002-DWQ;
  • Regulating active ingredients instead of pesticide products, resulting in deletion of Attachment E which lists pesticide products regulated by the permit; and
  • Adding language that delegates the State Water Board's authority to the Executive Director or his/her designee to:
    • Add active ingredients that are registered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for spray applications and used by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. ¬†Add receiving water limitations to corresponding newly added active ingredients; and
    • Grant a regulatory exception to the California Department of Food and Agriculture from complying with pollutant receiving water limitations pursuant to the California Ocean Plan and/or the Policy for Implementation of Toxics Standards for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California
  • Draft Permit
  • Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment and Notice of Public Hearing (Coming Soon)

Vector Control  »» Vector Control Program Page

The Vector Control Permit will be expiring in February 2016 and upon reissuance will include the changes described below:

  • Addition of minimum risk pesticides which are pesticides exempted from Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act requirements when used only in the manner specified by federal regulations.
  • Addition of language that delegates the State Water Board's authority to the Executive Director or his/her designee to:
    • Add active ingredients that are registered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulations for vector control and corresponding receiving water limitations; and
    • Grant a regulatory exception to qualified dischargers from complying with pollutant receiving water limitations pursuant to the California Ocean Plan and/or the Policy for Implementation of Toxics Standards for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California.
  • Draft Permit
  • Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment and Notice of Public Hearing (Coming Soon)

Weed Control  »» Weed Control Program Page

Ex Parte Disclosure Requirements for Pending General Orders

  • Any pending Board item is subject to the ex parte communication disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287. Any communications between interested persons and board members (other than at a noticed board meeting or submitted as a comment letter in compliance with the public notice) must be disclosed by the interested person within seven days of the communication. Sample disclosure forms are available.
  • Beginning 14 days before scheduled adoption by the Board, ex parte communications between interested persons and board members concerning any Board item are prohibited.

Fees

  • Fee Schedule (NPDES Permit Fees)
    • Vector Control - See Section 2200(b)(6) for the permit term fee.
    • Other Pesticides Permits - See Category 3 of Section 2200(b)(9) for the base annual fee. Add a 21 percent surcharge for the total annual fee.
  • Please Note: The California Water Code requires the State Water Board to adjust the fees each fiscal year to conform with the revenue levels set forth in the California Budget Act. Thus, the fees could change every year.

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