EPA fines contractor for misuse of pesticides

A contractor in Coffs Harbour has been fined by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for misuse of pesticides at Two Tails Wines in Nana Glen.

The EPA issued the $750 fine for allegedly applying higher concentrations of pesticides than allowed, and applying the spray in meteorological conditions that caused spray drift onto nearby pasture. The contractor has also been issued Official Cautions for further alleged breaches of the Pesticides Act and Regulations.

EPA Regional North Director, Adam Gilligan said pesticides can be dangerous to the community and environment if they are not used properly.

“Individuals using pesticides must follow strict procedures when applying pesticides,” Mr Gilligan said.

Proper training and record keeping is vital for pesticides users to avoid the risk of harm to neighbouring people and property and to avoid regulatory action.  

Pesticide users also have a responsibility to ensure they use pesticides in a manner that avoids ‘spray drift’ including being aware of the weather conditions and the type and volume of pesticides used.

“This incident is a reminder that if you are using pesticides, make sure you clearly understand the rules and the importance of taking proper care to ensure that pesticides are applied in a safe manner,” Mr Gilligan said

If people suspect that they have been impacted by the misuse of pesticides they can report it to the EPA Environment Line on 131 555.

The EPA regulates the use of pesticides in NSW, including those used in agriculture, on public land and in commercial and domestic premises, through the provisions of the Pesticides Act 1999.