The department receives approximately 15-20 calls per year reporting pesticide spills. Only a few of those require an inspector to investigate. A person is required to report pesticide spills to the department or a field office within 48 hours if:
- The spill is 5 gallons or more, including formulated product, diluting agent and additives.
- The spill is 100 dry pounds or more, including formulated product, diluting agent and additives.
Information required when reporting a spill
- Location of spill - legal description, address or landmarks
- Pesticide(s) name - manufacturer's name, EPA registration number
- Quantity spilled
- Name of primary contact including address and phone number
Control, Contain and Cleanup - the 3 C's
- Control the pesticide spill by identifying the source and stopping the flow; wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE); and divert the spill away from water, wells, drains, sewers, etc.
- Contain the spill by building a dike with absorbent materials such as soil, sand, kitty litter, or a chemical absorbent tube sock. Never hose down the spill area until after clean up is complete.
- Clean up the pesticide spill by recapturing any usable material, absorbing residual liquid and, for contaminated soil, removing all damp soil plus 3 additional inches and contain the contaminated soil to prevent further contamination.
Published: August 2, 2011 3:28:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: August 29, 2014 2:26:02 PM MDT