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December 22, 2000   ENF 2000-048
County Agricultural Commissioners  



On December 15, 2000, the Office of Administrative Laws (OAL) approved the methyl bromide field fumigation regulations, which are set to go into effect on January 14, 2001. As with any significant new regulatory effort, there will be a period of time before we can expect complete knowledge and full compliance within the industry. Commissioners may use reasonable enforcement discretion on a case-by-case basis during this implementation period.

The Pesticide Enforcement Branch's Regional Offices have finished developing the training package for these new regulations and plan on conducting training sessions for the county staff as follows:

San Diego Area
January 4, 2001
San Diego Agricultural Commissioner's Office
5555 Overland Avenue, Building 19, San Diego

Northern California Area
January 9, 2001
Tehama County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
1760 Walnut Street, Red Bluff

Salinas Area
January 11, 2001
Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
Conference Room
1428 Abbott Street, Salinas

Fresno Area
January 12, 2001
Department of Pesticide Regulation
2895 North Larkin Ave., Suite B, Fresno

Bay Area
January 16, 2001
Contra Costa Agricultural Commissioner's Office
2366 A. Stanwell Circle, Concord

Sacramento Area
January 17, 2001
Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner's Office

Conference Room
70 Cottonwood Street, Woodland

Santa Barbara Area
January 23, 2001
Lake Cachuma
Off Hwy 154, Santa Barbara

The training will start at 9 a.m. and will adjourn at 3 p.m.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation will not reimburse county staff for travel expenses incurred for this training.

If you have any questions, please contact the Senior Pesticide Use Specialist serving your county.

Original Signature by:
David Duncan, Acting Chief
Pesticide Enforcement Branch
(916) 324-4100


cc:  Mr. Daniel J. Merkley, Agricultural Commissioner Liaison