Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs)
The EPA recently proposed changes to federal requirements for the certification and recertification of applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs). Many of the proposed changes have little impact in Minnesota due to state regulations and our system of pesticide applicator licensing, certification and recertification. But a few of the proposed changes if enacted will result in major and costly changes in the recertification of structural, commercial, and noncommercial applicators. The proposal, if enacted as is, will also mean a complete revamping of Minnesota private applicator certification exams and recertification workshops.
In Minnesota, as in many states, some applicators of non-RUPs are also required to be certified and many employers require employees to be certified even if not required to do so by the government. All of these applicators are essentially required by states to meet essentially the same requirements as RUP applicators.
It is important for applicators and other stakeholders and interested groups and individuals to provide comment to EPA on the proposed changes, how it will impact people in Minnesota and specific suggestions to improve the proposal. (See: http://www2.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/epa-proposes-stronger-standards-people-applying-riskiestpesticides).