Pesticide program

DEQ’s Pesticide Program is responsible for:

A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. This also applies to herbicides and chlorine products. Many household products are  pesticides such as:

Misbranded pesticides are products that do not have the labels in the English language and do not have the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) registration and establishment numbers.Learn more about the use of unregistered pesticides.The Division of Quarantine and Custom intercepts all imported misbranded pesticides and related products. The Division also reports to DEQ for appropriate enforcement action. The pesticide program works with the Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research, Education and Extension Service (NMC-CREES) to provide pesticide training courses for pesticide applicators certification for private and commercial applicators.

Storage and Disposal

Improper pesticide storage and disposal can be hazardous to human health and the environment. Follow these safety recommendations:

To dispose of pesticides and other hazardous household substances, follow the disposal advice on the label. Otherwise:

Pesticide Permitting

Importation

A.   Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP).  Any person desiring to import a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) regardless of origin or quantity must submit a notice of intent to the Director on a form provided for that purpose. The form must be accompanied with the Material Safety Data Sheet and a copy of the pesticides label.  Upon approval of the RUP, the importer can make importation arrangements. For the purposes of this section, any pesticide that has had a particular use banned by DEQ, but which can be imported into the CNMI, shall require advance notice as set forth in this Part.  Import of a banned pesticide wholly prohibited for import is also a violation of this section.

B.  General Use Pesticides (GUP).

1.   A person desiring to import a pesticide or pesticide device manufactured in or shipped from or through any country other than the United States or U.S.Territories into the CNMI shall submit a notice of intent to the Director on a form provided for that purpose. The form must be accompanied with the Material Safety Data Sheet and a copy of the pesticides label.  Upon approval of the GUP, the importer can make importation arrangements.

2.   A person desiring to import a pesticide labeled for use for  agricultural plants, hospital-grade disinfection, fumigation, or termite control, including crack, crevice and spot treatment in houses, apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants, schools, stores, warehouses and other industrial buildings, shall submit a notice of intent to the Director on a form provided for that purpose. Persons engaging in a commercial purpose as defined in § 3.9, such as resorts, farmers and exterminators, must also submit a notice of intent in order to import any pesticide used for a commercial purpose.  The form must be accompanied with the Material Safety Data Sheet and a copy of the pesticides label.  Upon approval of the GUP, the importer can make importation arrangements.

Each Notice of Intent to Import (“NOI”) shall indicate how the importer intends to use the pesticide, so that DEQ can ensure that such use complies with the law, prior to arrival of the pesticide. The form must be accompanied with the Material Safety Data Sheet and a copy of the pesticides label. Upon approval of the NOI, the pesticide or device may be ordered or shipped.   The importer must submit to DEQ the label and MSDS for each pesticide or device imported for the first time in a calendar year.  If the importer intends to import the same pesticide or device during the same calendar year, and has submitted all of the appropriate paperwork, the label and MSDS is not required to be submitted again in the same calendar year.

Regulations

The Pesticides Regulations were established to control the importation, distribution, sale and use of pesticides to prevent environmental contamination and protect public health.

Last Updated 5/19/2016