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September 22, 2004

Southampton College Continuing Studies Program Could Prevent Local Environmental Breaches
Unlicensed business operators could face large fines, losing enterprises

Amber Bryant (

Southampton, NY – With a high percentage of East End businesses being agriculture or marine-based, it is not only vital but a legal requirement for those applying pesticides for commercial purposes to be certified by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Southampton College School of Continuing Education is currently offering two DEC-certified courses toward fulfilling the 30 hours of training required prior to taking the certification exam.

The course for Ornamental and Turf will take place Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 30 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The course for anti-fouling paint application, or bottom boat painting, will take place Jan. 12-15 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Both courses cost $275 and include preparation for the core and category tests.

DEC spokesman Bill Fonda said the law requires that anyone involved in the non-residential application of pesticides meet experience or education requirements, complete a 30-hour training course and pass an exam.

Business owners must also ensure that all of their employees applying pesticides are certified or working under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Incorrect application poses a potential health risk to humans, animals, marine life and fauna through both direct and indirect contamination.

For more information or to register, call the School of Continuing Studies at (631) 287-8316.