Governing Law and Regulations
Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Agricultural Sciences Division
Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Permitting and Compliance Division Water Protection Bureau
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Montana's rules for pesticides mirror federal regulations, especially the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for pesticide management and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for pesticide disposal. MDA has specifically adopted the federal registration and labeling requirements as well as worker protection standards. Montana has additional pesticide applicator and dealer licensing requirements. See the national sections HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL and PESTICIDES for further information.
DEQ has developed a Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (MPDES) general permit for discharges from applications of pesticides to surface waters of the state. For more information, see the state section