When a person discovers a leak, an overfill, a spill, or other signs of an agricultural chemical incident, the following steps should be taken to clean up the release to comply with state laws regarding agricultural chemical incident cleanups and to ensure eligibility for ACRRA reimbursement of cleanup costs.
Under state law, anyone who has control of, custody of, or responsibility for an agricultural chemical is considered to be a responsible party and must notify the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) immediately when an incident involving that agricultural chemical occurs. Notify MDA of an incident as soon as possible by calling the 24-hour duty officer at 651-649-5451 (metro) or 1-800-422-0798 (non-metro). The MDA staff person on call will promptly call you back to explain what steps to take to minimize the impact of the release. Generally, these will include the following actions:
1. Secure Site
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Also, notify MDA of suspected incidents including the discovery of product-contaminated soils, contaminated wells or surface water, product inventory loss and failed tank or pipeline tests.
Upon completion of steps 1-4, a responsible person who has investigated and taken corrective actions in response to an agricultural chemical incident may apply to the ACRRA Board (which administers the Agricultural Chemical Response and Reimbursement Account) for reimbursement of cleanup costs: For more information on the ACRRA reimbursement program call 651-201-6490.
"Exception" for Reporting
Reporting is necessary no matter how small the quantity involved, except for incidents which meet all of the following criteria:
No matter how small the quantity involved the responsible party must immediately take all reasonable actions necessary to minimize and abate.
651-201-6061 • Fax: 651-201-6112
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division