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Endosulfan audits commence

NRA 99/15 18 November 1999

This week, NRA officers and state agricultural representatives will begin auditing endosulfan use following the introduction of tough new requirements.

NRA inspectors will audit endosulfan resellers in Australia's major cotton growing areas to ensure compliance with the new legislative requirements which came into effect on 1 October. As well, NRA inspectors will be cooperating with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI) and NSW EPA to audit endosulfan users.

"Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the new requirements was one of the key outcomes of the NRA's review of endosulfan," said Stephen McDonald, Head of Surveillance and Enforcement at the NRA.

Of particular interest to the inspectors will be that:

  • endosulfan has been supplied only to users with ChemCert (Farmcare) certification or a State authorised chemical applicator's license;

  • sales records include:

    • verification that each purchaser holds acceptable accreditation,

    • a certificate number;

  • an endosulfan users notice is displayed at point of sale; and

  • all endosulfan product carries the new label approved by the NRA.

"These requirements are just part of the new safeguards put in place to ensure endosulfan doesn't adversely affect workers, the environment and Australia's trade," said Mr McDonald.

"The greatest impact is on cotton growers, but all users of endosulfan products must follow the new label directions."

At the same time the NRA is in the field, State EPA and QDPI inspectors will also be auditing growers and contract sprayers to ensure safety issues have not been compromised.

"Unless there is significant commitment to follow the new directions, further control measures on endosulfan use will be needed," said Mr McDonald.

The audits follow a successful week-long visit to Moree, Narrabri and Queensland's St George region by the NRA's Chairman, Dr John Keniry and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Alison Turner. They met with growers on their properties to observe the changes first-hand.

NRA INSPECTORS AUDIT PROGRAM

15 November-11 December 1999

QUEENSLAND

DATES 1999

Emerald

15-20 November

Biloela, Theodore, Cracow and Taroom

22-27 November

Roma, St George and Goondiwindi

29 November-3 December

WESTERN AND NORTH WEST NSW

DATES

Dubbo, Trangie, Warren, Quambone, Carinda, Collarenebri

22-27 November

Moree District, Mungindi, Boggabilla, Macintyre River areas

29 November-4 December

Wee Waa, Narrabri, Boggabri, Namoi River areas, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Mullaley

6-11 December

 

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