Massachusetts Pesticides regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Pesticides: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rules:

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Hazardous waste pesticides: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 30.130 to 30.136

Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) rules:

Massachusetts Pesticide Control Act, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 132B, Sections 1 to 16 and regulations at 333 CMR 2.00 to 13.10

Registration: 333 CMR 8.01, 333 CMR 8.04, and 333 CMR 8.06

Certification: 333 CMR 10.01 to 10.16

Fees: 801 CMR 4.02

Financial responsibility: 333 CMR 10.13

Recordkeeping: 333 CMR 10.14

Pesticide application at schools: 333 CMR 13.10 and MGL 132 B, Sections 6C to 6I

Department of Fire Services (DFS) rules:

Applicability: 527 CMR 37.01

Pesticide storage: 527 CMR 37.01 to 37.03

Fertilizer restrictions: MGL Chapter 128, Sections 65 to 65B

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Business Compliance Division

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Division of Regulatory Services Pesticide Bureau

Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Department of Fire Services (DFS) Division of Fire Safety

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Massachusetts's rules for pesticides parallel the federal requirements, predominantly the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for pesticide management and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for pesticide disposal. However, the state has its own rules for pesticide applicator certification, application, storage, and recordkeeping. Massachusetts ...


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