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Public notice of proposed amendment to the pesticide regulations

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(Office of the Governor) — The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality-Division of Environmental Quality announces the availability for public review and comment  of the proposed amendment to the pesticide regulations  published September 28, 2020, in Volume 42 of the Commonwealth Register.

This proposed amendment seeks to extend the duration of the pesticide applicator certifications from three years to five years. This temporary modification to BECQ’s pesticide regulatory program is intended to mitigate the challenges resulting from the Covid-19 public health emergency.

To implement the governor’s Second Amendment Executive Order 2020-04, under which Directive 11 strongly recommends “social distancing of at least six feet whenever possible and reasonable,” BECQ has reduced the number of persons who may sit for BECQ’s monthly pesticide applicator examination.

BECQ recognizes that, as a result, applicators whose certifications have expired or will soon expire may be unable to complete the examination for renewal certification generally required by NMIAC § 65-70-420(b)(4).

BECQ invites the public to review and provide comment on the proposed amendment to the pesticide regulations by submitting comments in person to BECQ office at the Gualo Rai Center on Middle Road, by mail, or by email.

Mailed comments should be addressed to the BECQ administrator, Eli D. Cabrera, Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, P.O. Box 501304, Saipan MP, 96950. Emailed comments should be written to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comments should contain the subject line “Proposed Amendment to the Pesticide Regulations” or similar. All comments must be received by BECQ no later than October 28, 2020, to be considered by BECQ in preparation of the final adoption of the regulation.

Pursuant to CMC 9104(a)(2), BECQ will fully consider all written and oral submissions respecting the proposed regulations.


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