Laws Regulating Pesticides and Chemicals in New York

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The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) administers the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”).  It is designed to control the sale, use, and distribution of pesticides.  FIFRA requires that all pesticides used in the United States be registered and licensed by the EPA.   All registered pesticides must be properly labeled with usage, storage, and disposal specifications.   It is unlawful to …

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Laws Regulating Air with New York Agriculture

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The Federal Clean Air Act (“CAA”) was signed into law in 1970 and Congress enacted the last major amendments in 1990.  The CAA charges the EPA with the protection and improvement of the country’s air quality and the ozone layer.   The New York Air Pollution Control Act (“APCA”) empowers the NYDEC to administer the federal CAA programs and to adopt …

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Laws Regulating Water in New York Agriculture

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The Federal Clean Water Act (“CWA”) was enacted in 1972 with the goal of protecting the country’s waterways from pollution.  The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) is charged with enforcing the CWA at the federal level.  The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) works at the state level to protect New York’s water resources.  While states must adhere to the …

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