Facility Inspection Program Season Ramps Up

A Minnesota facility was recently spotlighted as part of the industry’s annual bulk pesticide facility inspection program. Facilities in other states can expect inspections this year, too. Which states?

On July 8, the American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance (AASA) hosted an inspection tour at Central Valley Cooperative in Blooming Prairie, MN to highlight the 2009 AASA bulk pesticide facility inspection program. More than 50 representatives of the industry, regulatory agencies, and the Minnesota state legislature attended the Central Valley Cooperative event.

AASA is a not-for-profit organization that has developed a uniform stewardship inspection program for agricultural retail facilities that store bulk, mini-bulk, and packaged pesticide products.

Inspections, which began in 2004, are conducted throughout the U.S. on a three-year cycle. Crop protection manufacturers and distributors use the inspection data to assist with decisions about where products can be stored safely. The Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association administers the AASA program.

In 2009, AASA is conducting inspections in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Go to www.aginspect.org for more information on the AASA, the facility inspection checklist and education materials on containment regulations.

(Source: Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association)

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