The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is reminding pesticide companies that fumigating agriculture crops requires a state air pollution permit.

In a recent compliance notice, DEP said it has been reviewing the use of fumigants on agricultural commodities at commercial properties and has found that some applicators are not complying with the New Jersey Air Pollution Control Act and New Jersey Administrative Codes (N.J.A.C. 7:27 et seq.).

Applicators can obtain an air pollution control permit by contacting DEP’s Division of Air Quality, Pre-construction Permit section at (609) 292-6716.

Companies and applicators that do not comply with the air regulations could be subject to enforcement actions, which can include penalties up to $10,000 per day for the first offense.

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