Man fined for pesticide misuse

25 Aug, 2015 09:52 AM
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landowners need to understand their responsibilities when it comes to using pesticides.
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A MAN has been fined $400 and cautioned by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for the inappropriate use of an insecticide product containing the active constituent Fenthion for the purpose of baiting wild dogs, foxes and feral pigs on a property near Atholwood NSW.

The EPA issued the fine to the man because he had been using a registered pesticide contrary to an approved label.

He was also issued with an Official Caution under the Pesticides Regulation 2009 for applying the pesticide without relevant qualifications and for not keeping the required records.

Lindsay Fulloon, Manager Armidale Region, NSW EPA, said landowners need to understand their responsibilities when it comes to using pesticides.

“There is a Pesticide Control Order (PCO) that enables landholders to lawfully use 1080 bait products on their properties to control these pest animals – such as wild dogs, foxes and feral pigs," Mr Fulloon said.

“But the use of pesticide products for purposes other than those they are designed for can have serious environmental consequences.

“In this instance, the use of Fenthion for baiting pest animals could have impacted on non-target native and domestic animals in the area if matter had not been reported to the EPA”

The EPA emphasises the importance of completing a chemical users training program prior to applying pesticides, maintaining appropriate records of the use of any pesticides and applying the pesticide in accordance with the approved label directions.

“The EPA is both a regulator of the NSW environment and a resource for its protection,” Mr Fulloon said.

“We are available for consultation on environmental matters and are available to work with landholders to develop solutions to problems which do not lead to further environmental impacts.

“In this instance we have advised the man of the legal methods and requirements for controlling pest animals on agricultural land.”

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25/08/2015 10:35:35 AM

Should be given a bloody medal for all those foxes & dogs. Luci-jet rocks.
John Wayne
25/08/2015 12:00:41 PM

The EPA would obviously rather see the wild dogs live.
25/08/2015 12:42:01 PM

Can someone explain why a farmer has to redo chemical training every few years while you only have to sit a driving test once in a lifetime? Money! The Govt loves to suck it out of farmers to keep others in a job. Most farmers have done chemical training but we shouldn't be forced to pay a fortune to redo it over and over and over again, just to keep others in a job.
25/08/2015 3:37:36 PM

Couldn't agree more Invey, I forked out again recently to be fed the bleeding obvious for my fifth go on the money go round. On my course there were a group of young backpackers sitting the test so they could improve their prospects , their English skills were great but a couple admitted they could not read English.....they still got their plastic card!! It would seem you only have to look at the label not necessarily read it.


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