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Pesticides Enforcement Program

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About the Program

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The Pesticides Enforcement Program is responsible for implementing the Guam Pesticides Act and for monitoring activities consistent with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The Program is responsible for performing inspections, compliance monitoring, and enforcement on marketers, distributors, and applicators of insecticides, fungicides, and rodenticides. In addition, the Program continues to work with the University of Guam in the training and certification process of applicators by issuing certificates. Also, the Program coordinates with the Department of Customs and Quarantine for all imports of these products. The Program also continues to be the focal point for Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) reporting.

Pesticide use has been steadily increasing in recent years due to growth in both infrastructure and population on Guam. It is anticipated that growing demand for agricultural, residential, and golf course usage of pesticides will continue. To balance the need for pesticides and the need to protect the community and the environment from improper pesticide use, the Pesticide Enforcement Program will maintain its commitment to ensure the safe and proper use of pesticides on Guam in accordance with all applicable laws.

Program Permits

Section 50118 of Guam's Pesticide Act requires that Guam EPA be notified of the arrival of pesticides and related devices into Guam. An importer intending to import pesticides and/or related devices into Guam must submit the Notice of Arrival Form to the Guam EPA Administrator for approval prior to arrival of the shipment into Guam. The form and instructions may be found in the Permits section of this site.

The University of Guam (UOG) conducts the Pesticide Certification Workshop necessary to obtain a Pesticide Dealer's License. Guam EPA then issues the License. Anyone wishing to sell Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) on Guam must have a Pesticide Dealer's License. Private and commercial applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) must also attend a workshop at UOG and obtain a private or commericial Applicator's License from Guam EPA. Additional information on these licenses can be found in the Permits section of this site or by calling the Guam EPA Pesticides Enforcement Program at 475-1618.

Program-Related Regulations

The following regulations are administered by the Pesticides Enforcement Program. For more information on the program's statutory authority, please consult 10 Guam Code Annotated, Chapter 50 (Guam Pesticides Act) in the Regulations section of this site.

Program Staff and Contact Information

Betwin Alokoa
Program Manager
Overall Program Management, Rulemaking, Training and Certification
Karl Olson
Environmental Health Specialist
Pesticides Inspection, Enforcement and Compliance

Additional Information

The sites below contain additional information about Pesticides Enforcement Program issues (pages will open in a new window).

  • Guam EPA news release on insecticide chalk (February 24, 2004)
  • U.S. EPA Information on Illegal Pesticide Products, including information on insecticide chalk
  • U.S. EPA Worker Protection Standard for Pesticides
  • U.S. EPA Pesticide Safety Tips
  • Read the Label First! - U.S. EPA's Guide to Pesticide Labels
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)

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Last update: 2 February 2006

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