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Pesticide Spills | South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Pesticide Spills

TO REPORT A PESTICIDE SPILL:
Department of Public Safety, Office of Emergency Management
Call 24 hours a day: 605.773.3231

When pesticides are spilled or released, there is a potential that surface water, groundwater, human health or natural resources may be threatened.

When Do I Need to Report a Spill?

  • Pesticide discharges in excess of 25 pounds active ingredients that occur at operational areas outside of operational area containment must be reported to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA).
  • The operator or manager of a bulk pesticide storage facility shall notify the SDDA or the Division of Emergency Management within 3 hours after a spill of more than 25 gallons of liquid or 500 pounds of dry pesticides outside the secondary containment area.
  • The commercial carrier shall notify the SDDA or Division of Emergency Management within 12 hours after the spill of more than 5 gallons of liquid or 50 pounds of dry pesticide which occurs during transportation. The commercial carrier shall provide written notice of a spill to the SDDA within 72 hours after the spill.
  • A release or spill of a regulated substance (includes petroleum and petroleum products) must be reported to South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resouces immediately if any one of the following conditions exists:
    • The discharge threatens or is in a position to threaten the waters of the state (surface water or ground water)
    • The discharge causes an immediate danger to human health or safety
    • The discharge exceeds 25 gallons
    • The discharge causes a sheen on surface water
    • The discharge of any substance that exceeds the ground water quality standards of ARSD chapter 74:54:01
    • The discharge of any substance that exceeds the surface water quality standards of ARSD chapter 74:54:01
    • The discharge of any substance that harms or threatens to harm wildlife or aquatic life
  • Do not dispose/use spilled or contaminated material until the South Dakota Department of Agriculture grants approval. Use the Report of Pesticide or Fertilizer Discharge Use/Disposal (Land Application Form) and submit to the SDDA prior to using or disposing of contaminated materials.

Response Plans & Contact Information

Pesticide Spill Investigations by County

Forms

Laws and Regulations

South Dakota Codified Law

South Dakota Administrative Rules

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