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How to Report Pesticide Misuse in Florida
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The UF Pesticide Information Office website
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
c/o Eric Sutton
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
c/o Bureau of Inspection and Incident Response
3125 Conner Blvd., Suite N
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650
Phone: (850) 617-7996
File a Pesticide Complaint (What you will need):
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Inspector General
Internal Investigations Section
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., M.S. 51, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
Investigations Complaint Form click here
Report Environmental Violations CLICK HERE
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
a/k/a DEP A/K/A FLDEP
Mary Alice McElheney
Division of Law Enforcement and Emergency Response
3900 Commonwealth Blvd, MS 659
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000
Justin G. Wolfe
3900 Commonwealth Blvd M.S. 35
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Governor Ron DeSantis
Executive Office of Governor Ron DeSantis
400 S Monroe St
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 488-7146
State Assistance Information Line at 800-342-3557
Open Records Request and/or FOIA Request RE: Spraying
Solution?... Report and/or Get Pesticide BANNED !!!
487.011 Popular name; administration.--
This part shall be known by the popular name the “Florida Pesticide Law” and shall be administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
487.012 Declaration of purpose.--
The purpose of this part is to regulate the distribution, sale, and use of pesticides, except as provided in chapters 388 and 482, and to protect people and the environment from the adverse effects of pesticides.
487.021 Definitions.--For the purpose of this part:
(61) “Special review” is a process for reviewing selected pesticides based upon information that the pesticides have been found to present environmental or health concerns not considered in the registration process or that data submitted in support of registration are inadequate or outdated.
487.031 Prohibited acts.--It is unlawful:
(6) To disseminate any false advertisement.
(13) For any person to:
(a) Make a false or fraudulent claim through any medium, misrepresenting the effect of materials or methods used;
(b) Make a pesticide recommendation or application not in accordance with the label, except as provided in this section, or not in accordance with recommendations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency or not in accordance with the specifications of a special local need registration;
(d) Operate in a faulty, careless, or negligent manner;
(e) Apply any pesticide directly to, or in any manner cause any pesticide to drift onto, any person or area not intended to receive the pesticide;
(f) Fail to disclose to an agricultural crop grower, prior to the time pesticides are applied to a crop, full information regarding the possible harmful effects to human beings or animals and the earliest safe time for workers or animals to reenter the treated field;
(n) Make false or misleading statements, or fail to report, pursuant to this part, any suspected or known damage to property or illness or injury to persons caused by the application of pesticides;
(p) Fail to maintain a current liability insurance policy or surety bond as provided for in this part;
(11) For any person to handle, transport, store, display, or distribute pesticides in such a manner as to endanger human beings or the environment or to endanger food, feed, or any other products that may be transported, stored, displayed, or distributed with such pesticides.
2) The department shall adopt rules governing the procedures for the registration of a brand of pesticide, for the review of data submitted by an applicant for registration of the brand of pesticide, and for biennially publishing the list of active ingredients for which a brand of pesticide is subject to the supplemental registration fee pursuant to subparagraph (1)(d)1. The department shall determine whether the brand of pesticide should be registered, registered with conditions, or tested under field conditions in this state. The department shall determine whether each request for registration of a brand of pesticide meets the requirements of current state and federal law. The department, whenever it deems it necessary in the administration of this part, may require the manufacturer or registrant to submit the complete formula, quantities shipped into or manufactured in the state for distribution and sale, evidence of the efficacy and the safety of any pesticide, and other relevant data. The department may review and evaluate a registered pesticide if new information is made available that indicates that use of the pesticide has caused an unreasonable adverse effect on public health or the environment. Such review shall be conducted upon the request of the State Surgeon General in the event of an unreasonable adverse effect on public health or the Secretary of Environmental Protection in the event of an unreasonable adverse effect on the environment. Such review may result in modifications, revocation, cancellation, or suspension of the registration of a brand of pesticide. The department, for reasons of adulteration, misbranding, or other good cause, may refuse or revoke the registration of the brand of any pesticide after notice to the applicant or registrant giving the reason for the decision. The applicant may then request a hearing, pursuant to chapter 120, on the intention of the department to refuse or revoke registration, and, upon his or her failure to do so, the refusal or revocation shall become final without further procedure. The registration of a brand of pesticide may not be construed as a defense for the commission of any offense prohibited under this part.
487.046 Application; licensure.--
(2) If the department finds the applicant qualified in the classification for which the applicant has applied, and if the applicant applying for a license to engage in aerial application of pesticides has met all of the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation of this state to operate the equipment described in the application and has shown proof of liability insurance or posted a surety bond in an amount to be set forth by rule of the department, the department shall issue a certified applicator’s license, limited to the classifications for which the applicant is qualified. The license shall expire as required by rules promulgated under this part, unless it has been revoked or suspended by the department prior to expiration, for cause as provided in this part. The license or authorization card issued by the department verifying licensure shall be kept on the person of the licensee while performing work as a licensed applicator.
487.071 Enforcement, inspection, sampling, and analysis.--
(4) If a pesticide or device fails to comply with the provisions of this part with reference to the ingredient statement reflecting the composition of the product, as required on the registration and labeling, and the department contemplates possible criminal proceedings against the person responsible because of this violation, the department shall, after due notice, accord the person an informal hearing or an opportunity to present evidence and opinions, either orally or in writing, with regard to such contemplated proceedings. If in the opinion of the department the facts warrant, the department may refer the facts to the state attorney for the county in which the violation occurred, with a copy of the results of the analysis or the examination of such article; provided that nothing in this part shall be construed as requiring the department to report for prosecution minor violations whenever it believes that the public interest will be subserved by a suitable notice of warning in writing.
(5) It shall be the duty of each state attorney to whom any such violation is reported to cause appropriate proceeding
487.101 Stop-sale, stop-use, removal, or hold orders.--
(1) When a pesticide or device is being offered or exposed for sale, used, or held in violation of any of the provisions of this part, the department may issue and enforce a stop-sale, stop-use, removal, or hold order, in writing, to the owner or custodian of the pesticide or device, ordering that the pesticide or device be held at a designated place until the part has been complied with and the pesticide or device is released, in writing, by the department or the violation has been disposed of by court order.
(2) The written notice is warning to all persons, including, but not limited to, the owner or custodian of the pesticide or the owner’s or custodian’s agents or employees, to scrupulously refrain from moving, bothering, altering, or interfering with the pesticide or device or from altering, defacing, or in any way interfering with the written notice or permitting the same to be done. The willful violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor, subjecting the violator to the penalty provisions of this part.
(3) The department shall release the pesticide or device under a stop-sale, stop-use, removal, or hold order when the owner or custodian complies with the provisions of this part.
(4) The owner or custodian, with authorization and supervision of the department, may relabel the pesticide or device so that the label will conform to the product, or transfer and return the product to the manufacturer or supplier for the purpose of bringing the product in compliance with the provisions of this part.
487.159 Damage or injury to property, animal, or person; mandatory report of damage or injury.--
(1) A licensee shall report unreasonable adverse effects on the environment or damage or injury to human beings, animals, plants, or other property as the result of the application of a restricted-use pesticide by the licensee or by an applicator or mixer-loader under the licensee’s direct supervision, if and when the licensee has knowledge of such damage or injury. Physicians shall report all pesticide-related illnesses or injuries to the nearest county health department, which shall notify the department so that the department may establish a pesticide incident monitoring system within the Division of Agricultural Environmental Services.
(2) When damage or injury to human beings, animals, plants, or other property as the result of the application of a restricted-use pesticide is alleged to have been done, the person claiming such damage or injury shall allow the licensee and the licensee’s representatives to observe within reasonable hours the alleged damage or injury in order that the damage or injury may be examined. The failure of the person claiming such damage or injury to allow observation and examination of the alleged damage or injury shall automatically bar the claim against the licensee.