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Welcome to the Pesticide Permit Decision Tool

EPA developed this interactive tool to help you:

  • determine if an NPDES permit will be needed for your pesticide application when the requirement for a permit takes effect beginning October 31, 2011;
  • if you determine you need a permit, determine if you are eligible for coverage under EPA's NPDES Final Pesticide General Permit (PGP) (PDF) (174 pp, 1.3MB) ; and
  • if you are eligible for coverage under EPA's NPDES PGP, understand what your requirements are under the final PGP.

This tool will guide you step-by-step as you select answers to the questions below.

NOTICE: This interactive tool is for informational purposes only. The information contained herein is based upon the final version of EPA's PGP (PDF) (174 pp, 1.3MB) and is only to be used for areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority (PDF) (4 pp, 44K) . Contact your EPA Regional office or your State NPDES permitting agency for further information about NPDES pesticide permit eligibility and requirements.

Step 1: Do I need an NPDES permit for my pesticide applications?
Will you be applying or hiring someone to apply pesticides (PDF) (174 pp, 1.3MB) that will result in a discharge to waters of the U.S. (as defined in Appendix A of the permit) (PDF) (174 pp, 1.3MB) on or after October 31, 2011?

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Last updated on March 29, 2012 1:05 PM
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