Current Status of Restricted Use Pesticides in Pennsylvania
Part 2, Section 1: Pest Management
Using Pesticides Safely
Current status of restricted use pesticides in Pennsylvania
Under the authority of the amended Pennsylvania Pesticide Control Act of 1973 and the amended Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides (RUP) in the production of an agricultural crop must be cetified as a private applicator or must work under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Furthermore, only certified applicators can purchase restricted-use pesticides. The pesticide dealer is required by law to record the name, address, and certification number of the purchaser of RUPs, as well as the identity of the product, amount sold, and date of purchase. Commercial and public pesticide applicators must be certified to use both general and restricted use pesticide products.
The official list of Pennsylvania's RUPs includes all pesticide products designated as restricted-use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and, in the interest of the public health and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth, any other product designated for restricted use by the Secretary of Agriculture, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If a pesticide is restricted-use, it will be clearly marked on the label.