SALEM - The Oregon Department of Agriculture is proposing to amend administrative rules dealing with the pesticide-use reporting system to reflect the lack of funding to provide a fully developed system. The proposed amendment states that ODA will not take enforcement action against those who fail to report their pesticide use for 2002, 2003, and any other year in which insufficient funds are available to provide a fully effective means for pesticide users to report. A public hearing is scheduled for next month to receive testimony on the proposal.

Oregon law still requires pesticide-use reporting. However, due to difficulties in funding development of a complete pesticide use reporting system, ODA adopted a temporary rule in April that stated the department would not take enforcement action against those who missed the deadline for 2002 reporting. That temporary rule will expire on Oct. 18.

Also, no funding has been provided to continue a limited-capability temporary reporting system which had been available from January 2002 to June 2003. No system is currently available to file pesticide use reports with ODA.

The proposed rule change on PURS enforcement will be the subject of a public hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, 635, Capitol St. N.E., in Salem. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Comments should be submitted to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pesticides Division, 635 Capitol St. N.E., Salem, Oregon 97301-2532.

For more information on the Pesticide Use Reporting System, call (503) 986-4635 or visit online at http://oda.state.or.us/pesticide.

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