Indiana Senate Bill Would Impose Fines For Misusing Dicamba and Other Pesticides
INDIANA – According to a news article posted on wfyi.org, Indiana Senate Bill 227 proposes new regulations to punish farmers and other individuals who intentionally misuse pesticides like dicamba while giving others a break for minor pesticide violations. The Indiana Senate bill passed a Senate committee unanimously at the beginning of January 2021. .
Senator Jean Leising (Oldenburg) authored the legislation that was conceived in collaboration with various industry leaders when a similar Senate bill that would increase pesticide misuse fines failed to pass in 2020. The Environmental Protection Agency describes a pesticide as a chemical that destroys, prevents, repels, or mitigates pests. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pesticides also include herbicides.
When the weed killer Dicamba is not applied correctly, the herbicide can drift off one farm’s field and then destroy a neighboring farm’s crops. The Indiana Senate bill would permit law enforcement officers to cite and fine an individual $1,000 if that individual knowingly misuses a broad-spectrum, restricted-use herbicide like dicamba.
Dave Scott, the Pesticide Administrator for the Office of Indiana State Chemist, stated that the new Senate bill would also permit state law enforcement officials to modify, suspend, or revoke a violator’s pesticide license.
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