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Published April 05, 2011, 03:09 AM

Deadline extended for general pesticide permit

PIERRE, S.D. — The deadline has been extended seven months for the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources to begin issuing permit coverage that will set requirements for applying pesticide to any body of water in South Dakota.

PIERRE, S.D. — The deadline has been extended seven months for the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources to begin issuing permit coverage that will set requirements for applying pesticide to any body of water in South Dakota.

A federal appeals court decided in 2009 that the discharge permits are required. A judge originally set April 9 as the deadline for the permits, but has now delayed the deadline to Oct. 31 for the general permit.

Federal officials have designated the state Environment Department to issue such permits in South Dakota. Discharge permits are required for anyone who applies pesticides in or over water, including for mosquito control or to control weeds and algae.

State Environment Secretary Steve Pirner says a draft general permit is available for public review.

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