Recent events has intensified the nation's interest in the
security of a wide range of chemicals and materials. Over the past
few years the state of Minnesota, federal government agencies, and
industry have been quietly working to increase the security of wholesale
and retail pesticide and agrichemical storage facilities. Here in
Minnesota that concern in part stemmed from the rise in the number
of meth drug labs in rural Minnesota. Recently, addition information
has been made available and a number of actions have been taken.
Some people in the general public, as well as people who handle
pesticides, have been asking questions and seeking information about
the security of pesticides in the United States.
Below are links to public web sites with information related to
security of pesticides and agrochemicals.
To Respond - University of Minnesota Extension Service
Many of the long standing pesticide
storage recommendations also provide a level of security:
- Communities and Families Take Control of Safety and Security
Recent Information on Pesticide
and Agrichemical Security
- Part 7: Safe Handling of Pesticides (for farmers). Private Pesticide
Applicator Training Manual, University of Minnesota Extension Service.
Available at local county extension offices
- Safe Handling Pesticides (for commercial and noncommercial pesticide
applicators) Category A: General Ground Pesticide Applicator Training
Manual, University of Minnesota Extension Service. Available from
the St. Paul Campus University of Minnesota bookstore. Downloadable
on-line order form.
Storage and Disposal of Pesticides (PDF file). EC01-2507, University
Reporting of Pesticide Terrorist
on Agriculture/Food Terrorism. Special Edition of Agrichemical
and Environmental News. Nov. 2001, No. 187. A monthly newsletter
on pesticides and related environmental issues produced by Washington
State Cooperative Extension.
- Minnesota Emergency Response
Commission. State agency with primary responsibility for managing
chemical emergency response, tracking hazardous materials in the
state, compliance to federal hazardous materials reporting regulations,
NATIONAL RESPONSE SYSTEM
US EPA Reg.5- (312) 353-2318
US Environmental Protection Agency's Emergency Planning and Community
Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Hotline 1-800-424-9346
National Pesticide Information
Center 1-800 -858-7378