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Board of Pesticides Control
The Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) is Maine's lead agency for pesticide regulation. The BPC is attached to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources for administrative and staffing purposes with policy decisions made by a seven-member, public board. The Board operates under two statutes, 7 MRSA 601 et. seq. and 22 MRSA 1471 A-W, and has been granted enforcement primacy by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce federal pesticide law in Maine. The BPC staff consists of ten full-time, one half-time and four seasonal Maine Department of Agriculture employees.
By statute, the seven-member, volunteer Board must include three persons knowledgeable about pesticides in agriculture, forestry or commercial applications. One person must have a medical background and another must hold a faculty position at the University of Maine with expertise in integrated pest management. The two remaining members are chosen to represent the public and must come from different geographic areas of the state. All members are nominated by the Governor and approved by the Legislature. Members serve for four-year terms and are eligible for renomination.
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