§ 1215 Applicability of subchapter.
This subchapter shall become applicable upon approval by the Administrator of E.P.A. of the state plan submitted by the Governor pursuant to § 4(a)(2) of FIFRA [7 U.S.C. § 136i(a)(2)].
§ 1216 Certification — Required.
In order to prevent unreasonable adverse effects on the environment, including injury to users of pesticides and others, no individual shall use any restricted use pesticide unless such individual has either been duly certified by the Department or is under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. An applicant for certification must be at least 18 years of age.
§ 1217 Same — Standards; classifications.
(a) The Department in promulgating regulations under this chapter shall prescribe standards for the certification of applicators of pesticides. Such standards shall relate to the use and handling of pesticides, or to the use and handling of the pesticides or class of pesticides covered by the individual's certification, and shall be relative to the hazards involved. In determining standards, the Department shall consider the characteristics of the pesticide formulation such as: The acute mammalian toxicity; the persistence, mobility and susceptibility to biological concentration; the use experience which may reflect an inherent misuse or an unexpected good safety record which does not always follow laboratory toxicological information; the relative hazards of patterns of use such as granular soil applications, ultra low volume or aerial dust applications, or air blast sprayer applications; and the extent of the intended use. Further, the Department shall adopt by regulation the certification standards of the E.P.A.
(b) The Department shall classify or subclassify certifications to be issued under this chapter. Such classifications shall include commercial applicators and private applicators, and classifications and subclassifications may include, but not be limited to, pest control operators, ornamental, agricultural or right-of-way pesticide applicators. Separate subclassifications may be specified as to ground, aerial or manual methods used by any applicator to apply pesticides or to the use of pesticides to control insects and plant diseases, rodents or weeds. Each classification shall be subject to separate examination procedures and requirements.
§ 1218 Same — Procedure.
(a) The Department, by regulation, shall provide for a certification procedure. Such procedure shall consist, in part, of an application and examination, except that the examination requirement may be waived in part or whole by the Department on a reciprocal basis with any other state which has substantially the same standards.
(b) The Department shall by regulation require an annual certification fee for commercial applicators.
§ 1219 Same — Renewal of certification.
An applicator's certification shall automatically renew under the classification or subclassification for which such applicator is certified; provided, however, reexamination may be required by the Department:
(1) Of any applicator whose certification, license or permit has been suspended, revoked or modified;
(2) At any time if significant technological developments have occurred to require additional knowledge related to the classifications or subclassifications for which the applicator has been certified, and to assure a continuing level of competence and ability to use pesticides safely and properly; or
(3) When required by additional standards established by the E.P.A.
Such reexamination or special examination requirements may be waived by the Department when the applicator can furnish satisfactory evidence of completion of educational courses, programs or seminars approved by the Department relating to the applicator's certification.
§ 1220 Same — Denial; revocation; suspension; modification.
(a) If the applicant is not certified under this subchapter, the Department shall notify such applicant, in writing, of the reasons therefor.
(b) The Department, after due notice and opportunity for hearing, may suspend, revoke or modify any provision of any certification, including reciprocal certification, issued under this subchapter if the Department finds that the certified applicator or any individual acting under the direct supervision of such certified applicator has committed any acts declared by this chapter to be unlawful, or the certified applicator has been convicted or is subject to a final order imposing a civil penalty under § 14 of FIFRA [7 U.S.C. § 136l].
(c) The Department shall deny the issuance of a certification to any person working under the direction or employment of an applicator whose certification has been suspended, revoked or modified. Such denial shall continue in effect until the term of the Department's final order has expired.
§ 1221 Hearing procedure.
All hearings which are held for the suspension, modification or revocation of license, permit or certification shall be conducted by the Secretary. The licensee, permit holder or certified applicator shall have the right to appear personally, and to be represented by counsel, and to produce evidence and witnesses in his own behalf. The Department shall preserve a full record of the proceeding. A transcript of the record may be purchased by any person interested in such hearing on payment to the Department the cost of preparing such transcript. The Department shall notify the licensee, permit holder or certified applicator of its decision in writing within 30 days after the conclusion of the hearing.
§ 1222 Appeals.
Any licensee, permit holder or certified applicator who feels aggrieved by an action of the Department in denying, suspending, modifying or revoking his or her license, permit or certification may take an appeal, within 30 days of such action, to the Superior Court, and after full hearing the Court shall make such decree as seems just and proper. Written notice of such appeal, together with the grounds therefor, shall be served upon the Secretary of the Department.
§ 1223 Reinstatement.
Upon denial, suspension, modification or revocation of a license, permit or certification, any person may reapply to the Department after a time period set by the Department not to exceed 1 year.