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Private Applicator Trainer (PAT) Quarterly Updates: December 10th, 2011


Are you a new PAT coordinator who needs training? If you're a new PAT coordinator see the online breeze training session at 'PSEP Breeze Sessions'. Select the Breeze session titled 'Initial PAT Coordinator Training'. The password is milestone.

Do you want to learn how to access the PAT online database? If you're a designated PAT coordinator you can access private applicator credit information. The database allows you to access:

-EPASS ( EPASS allows PAT coordinators to submit private applicator program credit requests, and the ability to post attendees of approved programs on the database to attain credits.

-REPORTING UTILITY ( The reporting utility allows PAT coordinators access to private applicator mailing lists, county reports and detailed individual private applicator reports.

If you wish to learn how to access EPASS or the REPORTING UTILITY see the online breeze session titled 'PSEP Connect Sessions'. Select the breeze training session titled '2011 Database Training for PAT coordinators'. The password is milestone.


This website is designed for easy access to updated certification lists, updated county PAT funds, initial trainings, critical pesticide news releases and educator trainings. These links can always be found on the upper left and upper right side of this webpage.

1) New 'Pesticide Chemical Search' Makes it Easier to Find Regulatory Information on Pesticides. Copied from news release from EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs - November 17th, 2011.

EPA has released Pesticide Chemical Search, a new Web-based application that will allow users to easy access to chemical-specific information from the Office of Pesticide Programs' website and several other important sources. Pesticide Chemical Search is designed to consolidate information related to pesticide chemicals (active ingredients), making it easier to find related regulatory and scientific information.    

The new application collects existing Web pages on specific chemicals on EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs' website and allows users access to this information through a single portal. Users will also be able to quickly find the current status of a chemical and where it is in the review process. Another key feature is the ability to determine if there are any dockets open for public comment for a given chemical.

Other key features of Pesticide Chemical search include:
- 20,000+ regulatory documents such as fact sheets and REDs 
- Links to over 800 dockets in Regulations.Gov
- Links to important information, including pesticide tolerances in the eCFR
- Web services that provide a wide variety and depth of information about a particular chemical
- 100,000+ chemical synonyms to power the search engine.   
Pesticide Chemical Search will be expanded to include pesticide product labels and other relevant information in the near future.  

Try the new Pesticide Chemical Search tool by visiting


EPA presented a webcast on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits on December 8th, 2011. This action was in response to a 2009 decision by  the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in which the court vacated  EPA's 2006 Final Rule on Aquatic Pesticides and found that point source  discharges of biological pesticides, and chemical pesticides that leave  a residue, into waters of the U.S. were pollutants under the Clean  Water Act.  NPDES permits have been required in Montana since October 31,  2011.

The webcast discusses topics as follows:

#1) Overview of the Clean Water Act NPDES permitting requirements for pesticide discharges and EPA and State roles in  administering these requirements.

#2) Information on EPA's Pesticide General Permit  (PGP), which is applicable in the limited geographic areas where EPA remains the NPDES permitting authority, including six states (Alaska,  Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Oklahoma), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, other U.S. territories except for  the Virgin Islands, most Indian Country lands, and federal facilities in four additional states (Colorado, Delaware, Vermont, and  Washington).

EPA has posted an archived version of this presentation on the NPDES Training & Meetings Page
(NPDES trainings). Contact Hema Subramanian with questions regarding webcast at

Montana DEQ is the permitting authority for clean water permits in Montana. Technically, applicators in Montana will need to abide by MPDES permits which by law are at least as restrictive as EPA's NPDES permits. To view the final MPDES permit which contains Montana fee schedules and thresholds go to MPDES.

For further information: on EPA's NPDES Pesticide General Permit go to For information on the MT DEQ MPDES Pesticide General Permit go to Contact Christian Weaver (MT DEQ) for more information regarding the Montana MPDES permits at (406-444-3927;

See the MSU News release regarding MPDES permits.


NIOSH is offering online trainings for pesticide educators across the US. Individuals may access trainings online.

Sept 21, 2011 (1-4EST): Use of Industry Exposure Databases for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Research
Curt Lunchick, Dick Collier, and David Barnekow (Speaker Biographies attached) Agricultural Handlers Exposure Task Force, Agricultural Reentry Task Force, and Outdoor Residential Exposure Task Force (ORETF)
Archives: Industry Exposure Database for PPE.
User name = nioshgold and Password = dlogns98)

Nov 16, 2011 (1:00 - 3:00 EST): Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Training for Pesticide Handlers
Carol Ramsay (Speaker Biographies attached)
Washington State University and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Archives: Recordings (Parts 1 and 2) are available for 1 year from the seminar date:
Archives: PPE Training Part 1
Archives: PPE Training Part 2

Jan 18, 2012 (1:00 - 3:00 PM, EST): How Pesticide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements are Determined for Workers Who Handle Pesticides Jeff Evans
United State Environemental Protection Agency
Archives: Recordings (Parts 1 and 2) are available for 1 year from the seminar date:
Archives: PPE Determined part 1 - key=wW:s5j{8c
Archives: PPE Determined part 2 - key=wW:s5j{8c

4) Fumigation Trainings across Montana

Fumigation incidents have spurred EPA and product registrants to implement new restrictions regarding the phosphine fumigants.  These changes include prohibiting all uses of phosphine fumigants around residential areas, increase buffer zones for treatment around non-residential buildings that could be occupied by people or animals, and creating more protective product labeling.  Certified applicators may attend fumigant training sessions offered on February 21st ‘Glasgow’, February 22nd ‘Lewistown at the Eagles Club’ or February 23rd ‘Conrad at the Pondera Shooting Sports Complex’.  Charging $10 at the door at all locations. See the online agenda for more details. Six private applicator credits and 6 commercial / government applicator credits will be offered in the categories of dealer, demonstration / research, ag vertebrate pest control, Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health Related Pest Control and Seed Treatment and Grain Elevator Pest Control

5) New MontGuide on BedBugs

Bedbugs have been making headlines in recent years across the United States.  Management of bedbugs can be difficult resulting in frustrated applicators often making off-label applications which can result in pet, children and/or adult poisonings.  A new MontGuide authored by Ruth O’Neill and Cecil Tharp discusses the identification and management of these insects using prevention, sanitation, physical barriers and chemical management approaches.  This may be a useful tool for not only pest control professionals but clientele across the state which are generally interested in the subject.

Download the MontGuide titled “Bedbugs and Pesticides in the Home” from the MSU Pesticide Education website or order hard copies from MSU Distribution at (406)994-3273.

6) New Website on Non-Target Plant Toxicity

The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program (PEP) has created the ‘pesticide contamination around the home and garden’ website for homeowners and applicators across the state.  This is in response to the MSU Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory receiving over 112 garden samples which showed symptoms consistent with pesticide exposure from a class of chemicals known as 'growth regulator herbicides' in 2009 and 2010. This website can aid applicators and educators in properly diagnosing pesticide drift or soil contamination with the use of photographs, online guides and presentations.   

Homeowners or applicators can also find directions on conducting their own soil bioassays, links on determining their pesticides environmental characteristics, as well as additional reference materials including the MSU MontGuide titled “Minimizing Contaminated Soil”.

Agents may find this website useful when conducting soil investigations and using the new DOW Agro Aminopyralid Stewardship program for testing samples at no cost. If using this program agents should follow the directions on the 'stewardship flow chart' available on this website. This will assist agents in attaining necessary background information while filling out the investigative form, prior to sending soil/plant samples which are optimal for analytical testing. For more information see the website at 'pesticide contamination'. Agents are directed to contact Celestine Duncan, 406-433-1469, for more information on using the DOW AGRO Stewardship Program.

7) Worker Protection Standards Training in Helena, MT.

The Montana Department of Agriculture coordinated a Worker Protection Standards Training for pesticide educators on November 30th, 2011 in Helena. Richard Pont (US EPA Certification and Worker Protection Branch) delivered information on the complexities of the Worker Protection Standard and how it relates to private applicators in Montana. WPS refers to providing information at a central location, pesticide safety training of all workers and handlers, providing decontamination supplies, exchanging information, and emergency assistance. Did you know:

-that immediate family members qualify as exemptions to the off-label requirements of WPS (posting at a central location, training). They only need to abide by WPS requirements in the Ag. Use. Requirements box on the pesticide product label. This includes REI and early entry requirements.

-that owners who contract commercial applicators are responsible for fulfilling the worker protection standard requirements. Even if an owner only has immediate family members working on the establishment, he still must placard sprayed site if necessary under the ag use requirements box.

-that owners who contract commercial applicators are responsible for informing the contractor of specific location of any areas which may be treated with a pesticide or be under a restricted entry interval while the commercial applicator is within 1/4 mile of site as well as restrictions pertaining to those areas.

For accessing Richard's PowerPoint presentation on details of the Worker Protection Standard go to 'WPS TALK'. For more information on Worker Protection Standard's contact Cecil Tharp ( or see the EPA WPS website. You may also order or review the online publication of 'How to Comply with WPS for Ag Pesticides' at


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