The Agricultural Chemical Response and Reimbursement Account (ACRRA) was created to reimburse persons for costs incurred in cleaning up agricultural chemical (pesticide and fertilizer) incidents. The account is funded by annual surcharges on pesticide and fertilizer manufacturers, distributors, applicators and dealers. The surcharge rate is determined by the Commissioner of Agriculture.
ACRRA is Administered by the Agricultural Chemical Compensation Board. The Board determines the amount of reimbursements or payments from the fund to eligible persons. An eligible person (party) is defined as a responsible person or an owner of real property, but does not include common carriers, the state, (excepting municipal airports) a state agency, political subdivisions of the state, the federal government or an agency of the federal government.
The board may reimburse corrective action costs to an eligible person for 80 percent of costs greater than $1,000 and less than or equal to $350,000 for a maximum reimbursement amount of $279,200.
Before any reimbursement can be made the Board must determine the following:
The Board will not provide reimbursement until it has determined that costs on the reimbursement request were actually incurred and were reasonable. The Board is limited to a maximum reimbursement of sixty percent (60%) if recontamination from a subsequent incident exists. In addition, they have the authority to reduce reimbursement or payment if a portion of the incident was caused by a violation of Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 18B, 18C, or 18D.
BY REQUEST FROM an eligible party experiencing financial hardship, the Board may pay the reasonable and necessary corrective action costs. Before any payments can be made, the Board must determine that the eligible person has complied with the following conditions:
The eligible party must return any funds received from ACRRA and is not eligible for subsequent payment or reimbursement if false statements or misrepresentations are made regarding the eligible party’s financial status (*or if they fail to continue carrying out the clean-up requirements.)
Jennie Hodgeman, ACRRA Board Administrator
ACRRA Main Line: 651-201-6138
Administrator Direct Line: 651-201-6490
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org