August 2015



EPA Releases Proposal to Revise Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule

On August 5th the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a pre-publication rule proposing stronger standards for commercial and private pesticide applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides (RUPs). The rule will raise the Federal standards for applicator competency, including testing, certification and continuing education, in an effort to provide assurances that certified applicators and noncertified applicators under their direct supervision are competent to use RUPs in a manner that will not cause unreasonable adverse effects.

The NPMA Policy Team has already met with EPA concerning the proposed rule, and is in the process of discussing the implications and strategy moving forward with the Public Policy committee and member companies.

Click here for further analysis.
NPMA Members Request Overtime Rule Extension on Comment Period

Last week, NPMA's Policy Team sent an alert out to members requesting they submit a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) requesting a 60 day extension of the comment period on the DOL's proposed overtime rule. If granted, the comment period would be extended to November 3, 2015 and give our industry more time to conduct necessary research. As of  August 11, 185 letters had been submitted by NPMA members! We are fighting an uphill battle and every voice counts. If you have not already done so, please click the below link to submit an extension request to DOL.
In addition to letters being sent by NPMA members, NPMA has already submitted a detailed extension request on behalf of the entire industry, an excerpt from the letter submitted by NPMA includes:
"The recent release of the proposed rule revealed a minimum threshold increase of over 113%, far in excess of what was believed. The proposed rule leaves us with more questions than answers and has the potential to significantly change over the course of the rulemaking process. The 60 day comment period is simply too short of a time period to conduct necessary economic analysis and surveys on the proposed rules impact on the Pest Management industry and the national economy."
To read NPMA's extension request in its entirety click here. 
NPMA was one of several associations to request a 60 day extension as part of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO). The PPWO is comprised of a wide range of associations and companies that represent a diverse group of industries and interests. Additional talking points, information and grassroots assistance will be provided in the coming weeks and months.
S. 1500 Passes Senate Committee, Eliminates NPDES Permits

On Wednesday, August 5th, S. 1500 Sensible Environmental Protection Act passed the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. S. 1500 would clarify that federal law does not require the redundant and unfairly burdensome NPDES permits for already regulated pesticide applications. It is NPMA's position that FIFRA approved products require no additional restrictions or additional regulatory burdens due to FIFRA's statutory authority and the detailed pesticide approval process.

S. 1500 should be brought to the full Senate sometime this fall, while the House has already passed similar legislation. At this point it is unclear whether the President would veto this legislation if it was brought to his desk for final passage.

On Tuesday, August 4th, NPMA sent an action alert to members that live within states of Senators that sit on the EPW Committee. The NPMA policy team would like to thank those members that participated and sent letters to their Senator, and highlight the positive impact those letters had in passage of S. 1500.

Pest Control Short Course

Tailored to industry professionals, the University of Kentucky Pest Control Short Course from November 3-5 is packed with useful information for owners, managers and technicians alike. 

This year's topics include an equipment 'house of learning', how pests enter and travel through buildings, effects of weather and climate on insects, pesticides versus pollinators, a half-day business roundtable, the latest bed bug research, battling brown recluse spiders, advances in technician training, and useful sessions on managing rodents, roaches, termites, wood boring beetles, snakes, vultures, and other pests. Dozens of useful subjects are included, as well as a terrific trade show and the best speakers in the business.

Click here for details and registration information.
Fire Ants Make Their Way to Kentucky
The Courier-Journal, July 19, 2015 

Nearly a century after arriving in the United States, fire ants have made it to Kentucky.

"The majority of them are in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area," said Joe Collins, a senior nursery inspector for the Kentucky Department of Entomology. "But there are a few outside of the (LBL) federal property. There were some on the west side of Kentucky Lake and at Lake Barkley State Park. But what we've seen so far is just individual mounds. I think we're quite a ways from seeing a major infestation."

Most of the known ant mounds in LBL are located in the Tennessee portion of the federal property, a roughly 10-by-40 mile peninsula that separates Kentucky Lake from Lake Barkley. But a few have been found in Kentucky soil, including one just north of U.S. Highway 68/80 about two miles from the LBL visitor's center.

"They are here," said Steve Bloemer, a veteran LBL wildlife biologist. "We've confirmed that they've moved from the Tennessee portion of LBL into Kentucky." Read more...
What Does It Take to Get QualityPro Certified?

Taking QualityPro certifies companies that have met the industry standards for professionalism. After application, a company has 6 months to earn certification by meeting the  standards. Haven't met all the standards yet? No problem! Apply today and QualityPro will help you through the process. At application, you'll gain access to the templates and resources that can help make your company QualityPro:

Call for Nominations: NPMA Young Entrepreneur Award
Deadline for Submission: Aug. 29, 2015

NPMA is currently accepting nominations for the annual Young Entrepreneur Award, presented by Rentokil, recognizing young entrepreneurs (40 years of age or less) working in the professional pest management industry who have helped create or develop an industry business and/or those who have stewarded a meaningful industry concept to fruition. Click here for more details on requirements and to submit a nomination. 

Submit a Nomination for the Women of Excellence Award
Deadline for Submission: Aug. 29, 2015
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is now accepting nominations for the annual Women of Excellence Award, designed to recognize women who advance the pest management industry every day, in every way. 

The international honor is open to women across the pest management industry - PMP's, manufacturers, research organizations, etc. - who demonstrate outstanding leadership and have made notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession, their business, and other women in the industry.

Award nominations are due by Aug. 29, 2015 and the recipient will be recognized at PestWorld 2015, Oct. 20-23 in Nashville.  Click here to view requirements and to submit your nomination.

Register Today for PestWorld 2015 and SAVE $50!
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