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Pesticide NPDES Permit Program

The MPCA finalized the four separate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) / State Disposal System (SDS) Pesticide General Permits on November 16, 2011. Coverage under this permit is automatic for anyone discharging a biological pesticide or a chemical pesticide that leaves a residue to a water of the state until April 30, 2012.

After April 30, 2012, entities that exceed a threshold are required to submit an application for permit coverage — known as a Notice of Intent (NOI) — and pay an application fee. Those that do not exceed the threshold are not required to submit an NOI or an application fee, but are automatically covered by the permit and must comply with basic permit requirements.

Electronic NOIs (or eNOIs) are available on the MPCA's e-Services page. E-Services gives users online access to the NOI for permit coverage. Follow the link and sign up for an account.

Online help is available. After the application is found complete, you will receive authorization documents sent to the e-mail address associated with the account. Access the applicable permit below, as hard copies will not be sent via mail.

Pesticide General Permit Information Access

Go to the e-Services page to access your permit coverage card, coverage letter and facility report with contact information. Also, check the status of an application.

News for Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) Aquatic Plant Management (APM) Holders!

The MPCA finds that the APM program administered by the DNR is sufficient to control the discharge of pesticides to meet the conditions of the Clean Water Act and the MPCA’s NPDES/SDS Pesticide General Permit.  Therefore, APM Permit Holders do not need to submit an eNOI or a permit fee, regardless of size of the activity. MPCA and DNR are working on an Interagency Agreement so Permit Holder information can be shared between agencies. Please contact the staff listed at the bottom of this page with questions or for more details.

The MPCA public noticed these permits on January 18, 2011, and October 3, 2011. Comments were received during the public comment period, and the current drafts are based on these comments as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Draft Final Pesticide General Permit pre-published on April 1, 2011. EPA finalized the federal permit on October 31, 2011.

The MPCA collaborated with other state agencies to develop the permit and participated in several industry meetings to educate those affected by the permit on the new requirements. This permit will supply the MPCA with information on the types of pesticides used and the frequency of application in Minnesota waters, allowing the agency to make decisions about discharges, pollutants, synergistic effects, and other water-management issues.

Additional references on the MPCA Pesticide General Permit:

Pesticide NPDES Permit Steps to Compliance

Steps to Compliance will help you decide if the permit affects you, learn what your responsibilities are, and show you what records to keep. Click on each Step to find out more. Shortcuts to forms and links to more information are provided in the Quick Links column and at the bottom of the page.  For reference, check the Permit Background information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Step Number

What Step is About

Quick Links

Step 1

Applicability and Thresholds
Learn if this permit affects you, whether you exceed the thresholds, and what to do next.

PDF Document Applicability flow chart (wq-wwprm9-04)

 

Step 2

Submit a Notice of Intent
Learn how and when to submit a Notice of Intent.

MPCA e-Servcies page

Step 3

 

Requirements for Pesticide Dischargers Below Thresholds
Learn what your requirements are if you are applying pesticides at amounts below Thresholds.

PDF Document Summary checklist of requirements for pesticide dischargers below thresholds (wq-wwprm9-05a)

Step 4

Step 4a – Requirements for Mosquitoes and Other Flying Pests
If you are required to submit a Notice of Intent and are treating for mosquitoes or other flying pests, follow these requirements.

PDF Document Summary checklist of requirements for mosquitoes and other flying pest control (wq-wwprm9-05b)

 

Step 4b– Requirements for Forest Canopy Insect Pests
If you are required to submit a Notice of Intent and are treating for forest canopy insect pests, follow these requirements.

PDF Document Summary checklist of requirements for forest canopy insect pest control (wq-wwprm9-05c)

 

Step 4c – Requirements for Nuisance Aquatic Animals
If you are required to submit a Notice of Intent and are treating for nuisance aquatic animals, follow these requirements.

PDF Document Summary checklist of requirements for aquatic nuisance animal pest control (wq-wwprm9-05d)

 

Step 4d – Requirements for Vegetative Pests and Algae
If you are required to submit a Notice of Intent and are treating for vegetative pests or algae, follow these requirements.

PDF Document Summary checklist of requirements for vegetative pest and algae control (wq-wwprm9-05e)

 

Step 5

Requirements for Large Pesticide Discharges Exceeding the Threshold
If you are required to submit a Notice of Intent and considered a Large Entity, you must prepare a Pesticide Discharge Management Plan (PDMP) and submit an Annual Report.

EPA PDMP template 
MPCA Annual Report form (coming January 2013)

Step 6

Report Adverse Incidents
If you discover an Adverse Incident, you must report it immediately to the Minn. Duty officer, and submit a follow-up report to the MPCA within 15 days.

MS Word Document Adverse incident report form (PDF Version) (wq-wwprm9-02)

Step 7

Terminating your permit
How and when to cancel your permit.

MS Word Document Permit Change Request Form (PDF Version) (wq-wwprm7-01)

Resource Links

Minnesota-based resources

Contact Information

For more information about this program, contact Elise Doucette  at 651-757-2316.

Last modified on August 20, 2012 12:25