New York may phase out state use of many pesticides
The New York State Assembly on May 5, 2009, approved a measure to ban the use of most pesticides by state agencies and to establish an umbrella committee to manage the use of pesticides by the state. Pesticide use would be curtailed over a three year period, beginning in 2010 with those pesticides classed in Toxicity Category I by EPA, followed by Category II pesticides in 2011, and remaining pesticides in 2012. Four pesticide uses are exempt under the legislation: use to maintain safe drinking water, antimicrobials, rodent control bait pesticides, and EPA exempt material. There are provisions for emergency use when the need to use a pesticide is determined by the New York State Health Commissioner.