HB 4062 and HB 2031 implementation workgroup
The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) workgroup will advise the Department on the implementation of HB 4062 (2022), which created two new “noncommercial” license types, and HB 2031 (2021), which was required to maintain compliance with recent changes in federal regulations. The goal for this committee is to explore implementation strategies, consistent with federal and state law, that reduce the complexity and burden of pesticide licensing requirements without reducing protections for humans and the environment.
Members of the workgroup include leaders and experts from a wide cross section of interests and expertise, including industry, agriculture, and environmental justice groups.
Pesticide registration fee rulemaking
On July 29, 2022, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) filed a proposal to amend language in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 603-057-0006. The proposal amended the rule by increasing the annual nonrefundable registration fee for each pesticide and each formula or formulation to $360.00, beginning the 2023 calendar year. This rule also proposed to make the fee nonrefundable.
ODA held a virtual public hearing August 17, and public comments were accepted from 8 a.m. August 17 until 5 p.m. August 31, 2022, Pacific Time Zone. Comments were reviewed and considered.
Update: The final permanent rule has been filed and is effective September 21, 2022. The language reads:
Pesticide Registration Fees
(1) The annual registration fee for each pesticide product for calendar year 2022 shall be $320.
(2) Beginning for calendar year 2023 pesticide product registration, the annual nonrefundable registration fee for each pesticide product shall be $360.
EPA issued a final rule revoking all tolerances for the insecticide chlorpyrifos on Feb. 28, 2022. Lorsban or Dursban are some of the most common trade names for products containing chlorpyrifos.
EPA’s federal actions supersede ODA’s rule regarding use on food or feed crops. At this point, use on nonfood or nonfeed crops have not been impacted by federal actions. However, this is subject to change.
Bottomline: Do not use chlorpyrifos on any food or feed crops after Feb. 27, 2022.
Important: There may possibly be additional action on the federal level regarding product cancellations, sales and distribution. The details are unknown at this time, but ODA’s and EPA’s webpages will be updated periodically.
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