The Vermont Statutes Online
CONTROL OF PESTICIDES
1102. Pesticide Advisory Council established
Pesticide Advisory Council is established and attached to the Agency of
Agriculture, Food and Markets. Members of the Council, except those public
members appointed by the Governor, shall be qualified individuals who, by
experience and training, are knowledgeable in one or more areas associated with
pest control. The Secretary, or Commissioner as the case may be, shall
represent each Department or Agency on the Council:
Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Department of Environmental Conservation.
(3) The Agency
of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.
Department of Health.
(6) The Agency
physician from the College of Medicine of the University of Vermont nominated
by its dean.
representative in the area of entomology, plant pathology or weed control from
the University of Vermont Extension Service to be named by the director.
representative in the area of pesticide research from the Vermont Agricultural
Experiment Station named by the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences of the University of Vermont.
(10) Two members
appointed by the Governor. In choosing these members, the governor shall
consider people who have knowledge and qualities that could be useful in
pursuing the goals and functions of the Council. One of these members shall
have practical experience in commercial agricultural production and shall be
appointed in consultation with the Secretary.
(b) Each State
or university member of the Council shall serve until his or her resignation or
until his or her successor is appointed or otherwise designated in accordance
with this chapter. Public members of the Pesticide Advisory Council shall be
appointed for terms of three years, except initially, appointments shall be
made such that one member shall serve for a term of one year and one for a term
of two years.
(c) The Chair of
the Council shall be designated by the Governor and serve as his or her
personal representative, and shall coordinate activities on the Council.
functions of the Council are:
(1) To review
insect, plant disease, weed, nematode, rodent, noxious wildlife, and other pest
control programs within the State and to assess the effect of such programs on
human health and comfort, natural resources, water, wildlife, and food and
fibre production, and where necessary make recommendations for greater safety
(2) To serve as
the advisory group to State agencies having responsibilities for the use of
pesticides as well as to other State agencies and departments.
(3) To advise
the Executive Branch of State government with respect to legislation concerning
the use of various pest control measures.
(4) To suggest
programs, policies, and legislation for wise and effective pesticide use that
lead to an overall reduction in the use of pesticides in Vermont consistent
with sound pest or vegetative management practices.
(5) To recommend
studies necessary for the performance of its functions as established under
(6) To recommend
targets with respect to the State goal of achieving an overall reduction in the
use of pesticides consistent with sound pest or vegetative management
practices, and to issue an annual report to the General Assembly, detailing the
State's progress in reaching those targets and attaining that goal. The targets
should be designed to enable evaluation of multiple measures of pesticide
usage, use patterns, and associated risks. Targets should take into
consideration at a minimum the following:
(A) reducing the
amount of acreage where pesticides are used;
(B) reducing the
risks associated with the use of pesticides;
the acreage managed by means of integrated pest management techniques;
within each level of comparable risk, the quantity of pesticides applied per
recommendations regarding the implementation of other management practices that
result in decreased pesticide use.
(e) The Council
shall meet semiannually, once in the fall and once in the spring. Meetings at
other times may be called by the Governor, by the Chair or by a member of the
Council. Attendance at Council meetings shall not be required of the
Commissioners of Departments within the Agency of Natural Resources, or their
designees; however, at least one of these Commissioners, or the Commissioner's
designee, shall attend each meeting of the Council. Council proceedings shall
be open to the public and its deliberations shall be recorded and made
available to the public, along with its work product. (Added 1969, No. 273
(Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 9, 1970; amended 1983, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), eff.
April 13, 1984; 1987, No. 71, § 4; 1987, No. 76, § 18; 1989, No. 256 (Adj.
Sess.), § 10(a), eff. Jan. 1, 1991; 1991, No. 79, § 4; 1995, No. 189 (Adj.
Sess.), § 1; 1999, No. 141 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27,
2003; 2009, No. 33, § 12; 2015, No. 11, § 5.)