Virginia Enacts Fumigation Legislation

House Bill 1625 went into effect on July 1, 2011.

June 30, 2011

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell recently signed a bill into law requiring operators of facilities at which edible or non-edible commodities are fumigated with phosphine or methyl bromide to submit pre and post fumigation reports to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) and post signs at the facility fence or property line closest to any public right-of-way.   
Click here to read House Bill 1625, which went into effect on July 1, 2011.
Earlier versions of the legislation would have required many such facilities at which commodities are fumigated with methyl bromide and phosphine to obtain permits from VDEQ prior to commencement of initial fumigation activities.   
The Virginia Pest Management Association worked closely with officials from VDEQ, the Virginia Port Authority and state legislators to make the legislation more workable and streamline any additional regulatory requirements so as not to delay fumigation work.  VPMA is presently working with VDEQ officials to develop a fact sheet on the new law and a standard form fumigators can submit to VDEQ on behalf of their clients before and after the fumigation.

Source: National Pest Management Association