School Policies

State Pesticide Policies

  • Main Laws and Regulations
  • Title 7 Ch. 413
    • "Prevention and control based on predicted socioeconomic and ecological consequences"
    • IPM Components: Monitoring, Evaluation
    • Main has established an IPM Council. However, no money has been awarded to the Council's fund, so the Council consists of volunteers.
  • Title 22 Ch. 258-A § 1471-X
    • It is the policy of Maine to minimize reliance on pesticides. The state's agencies are directed to promote the principles and implementation of IPM and other science-based technology.
  • Board of Pesticides Control, Pesticide Regulations Ch. 10
    • "Selection, integration, and implementation of pest damage prevention and control based on predicted socioeconomic and ecological consequences"
    • Monitoring, Prevention, Action Levels, Evaluation
  • Board of Pesticides Control, Pesticide Regulations Ch. 26
    • All occupied buildings
    • "environmentally, socially, and economically compatible"
    • Education/Training, Monitoring, Least-toxic/Restricted use, Notification, Evaluation
    • Requires IPM, with exemptions, in all occupied private and public buildings; 1-7 days of prior notification must be given before pesticide application.
  • Executive Order 12 FY 06/07 & 16 FY 06/07
    • State owned/managed buildings and grounds
    • Education/Training, Least-toxic/Restricted use
  • Local Pesticide Policies

    • Allagash - Application of herbicides for forestry purposes prohibited
    • Amherst - Permit required to apply within shoreland zone
    • Arrowsic - Foliar application of herbicides banned for public works use
    • Brighton Plantation - Application of pesticides to woodlands prohibited
    • Brunswick - Prohibits use or storage of most pesticides other than for households and agriculture within the aquifer protection zone. Also prohibits aerial applications other than public health applications performed under the auspices of the Town or State Exceptions may be approved by Codes Enforcement Officer
    • Camden - The use and application of pesticides by town employees and/or private contractors is prohibited on all town-owned lands
    • Castine 2008 & 2009 - Within the Aquifer Protection Overlay District, storage or manufacturing of pesticides prohibited and application of pesticides requires site plan approval. Permit required for non-residential pesticide/fertilizer application and Integrated Pest Management and Nutrient Management plans required, following Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) publication Best Management Practices for the Application of Turf Pesticides and Fertilizers. Plans must be reviewed by BPC and Maine Department of Health and Human Services Drinking Water Program and approved by town Planning Board.
    • Coplin Plantation - Aerial and/or mechanical application of pesticides prohibited
    • Cranberry Isles - Permit required for forest management activities including pesticides
    • Harpswell - Prohibits the use of the insect growth regulators (IGRs) diflubenzuron and tebufenozide and the aerial application of all IGRs and any insecticide whose product label indicates that it is
      harmful to aquatic invertebrates
    • Lebanon - Aerial pesticide application and non-agricultural herbicide use banned
    • Limerick - Herbicide application to rights-of-way prohibited
    • Limestone - Aerial application of pesticides adjacent to Trafton Lake restricted
    • Newburgh - Herbicide application on roadside rights-of-way prohibited
    • New Gloucester - Application must be consistent with Department of Agriculture standards
    • New Sweden - Aerial application of pesticides prohibited
    • Ogunquit - Prohibits the use of pesticides on public and private property for turf, landscape, and outdoor pest management activities.For more information, see our Daily News article.

    • Owl’s Head - Herbicide application banned
    • Rangeley - Powered application of pesticides on more then 2 acres restricted
    • Rockland - Restricts the outdoor application of pesticides on Town-(owned, leased or managed) land.  Pesticides used must be approved for organic use or exempt from Federal EPA registration.
    • Rockport - The use and application of pesticides by town employees and/or private contractors is prohibited on all town-owned lands
    • Scarborough - eliminated (with exemptions) pesticides use on town-owned property and encourages education and elimination of pesticides on private property.
    • Southport - State or commercial application of pesticides prohibited
    • South Portland - bans the use of toxic lawn pesticides on private and public land
    • Standish - Storage of pesticides within the Shoreland zone prohibited
    • Sweden - All forest pesticide application and any aerial application within the aquifer protection district prohibited, powered applications over 1 acre restricted
    • Waterboro - Hazardous waste generation permits required
    • Wayne - Storage of pesticides within the Shoreland Zone prohibited
    • Wells - Restricted use pesticide application within the Resource Protection District around Branch Brook and the Branch Brook Aquifer Protection District requires notice to the Code Enforcement Officer and copy to Town of Kennebunk

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