Click below for resources on how to comply with the WPS which was initially effective on January 2, 2017 but has been temporarily delayed. This regulation applies to ag retailers who employ handlers of pesticides.
Click the document below for the Part 255 Illinois Department of Agriculture containment regulations for the bulk storage and handling of fertilizers and pesticides for commercial, non-commercial and on-farm facilities.
We've been getting calls asking how the new USEPA rules apply to farmers who own their own minibulks. If this is the case, and the farmer asks you to refill their minibulk, the minibulk must meet all the requirements of the new rule including: it must be a DOT approved package, the tank must be on the registrant's approved list of packages, it must have a unique identification number, contain one-way valves or tamper evident devices, and retesting is required every 2.5 years from date of manufacture. The tank must also be properly labeled for the product it contains. If the farmer brings the tank to you for refilling and the one-way valve or tamper evident devices are not intact, proof that the tank was properly cleaned must be provided by the farmer in writing to the refiller, or the refiller needs to clean the tank before filling it. Remember that minibulks that you use in your custom application business are "service containers" and are not subject to this regulation. USEPA has provided an updated powerpoint presentation that provides a good overview of the rule with commonly asked questions. You ...more
Click on the heading to access the instructions for getting a NPDES pesticide permit from Illinois EPA.
Click the heading above for a chart that explains the difference between a "service container" and a "Portable Refillable Container."