The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) this week is hosting training about General Use Pesticides (GUP) for farmers, landscapers and others who use or apply these chemicals.
The training includes detailed instruction about Guam’s pesticide regulations, requirements and mandates. It also stresses the importance of safety and how to respond during emergency situations involving pesticides. Guam EPA’s Pesticide Enforcement Program started teaching the CORE training on Tuesday for 20 individuals and will conclude the course on Friday with a qualification exam.
“Guam EPA works hard to ensure all members of the regulated community have the knowledge and skills to comply with all pesticide laws and requirements,” said Eric M. Palacios, administrator of Guam EPA. “Ensuring businesses and individuals that handle pesticides understand how to safely store and apply pesticides is critical to the protection of our land and water resources. These chemicals are designed to kill or mitigate pests. They can be extremely harmful if mishandled or misused. This training will help ensure pesticides do not pose a threat to our fragile environment.”
The CORE training was previously offered through an agreement with the University of Guam. Guam EPA is currently working to establish a long-term solution with a private contractor to ensure the class is available at all times for those who need the qualification training. Individuals with the CORE training are required to renew their qualifications every three years.
“In addition, and as strong proponents of the ‘Buy Local’ campaign, Guam EPA strives to ensure that local produce sold by all vendors are safe to eat by consumers at-large. This lends to the viability and success of the program, as well as the safety of consumers,” Palacios added.
For more information about the training, or to arrange an interview or to get video of the training, contact Guam EPA’s Public Information Officer Tammy Jo Anderson Taft at 300-4761, 988-7582 or email at TammyJoAnderson.Taft@epa.guam.gov.