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Executive Order Temporarily Extends Certain Three-Year Pesticide Applicator Certificates

Governor Whitmer issued an executive order Friday that temporarily extends certain pesticide applicator certificates.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted much of daily life, and that includes how state agencies conduct business, including the administration of regulatory requirements.

Some pesticide applicators’ certificates expire every three years. Because of the pandemic, some have found themselves unable to obtain all the requirements to renew their certificates because of in-person activities.

“Given the dependence of the state’s food supply on the availability of certified and registered pesticide applicator and the essential role these applicators play in protecting public health and safety, it is reasonable and necessary to temporarily extend the validity of certain pesticide applicator certificates so these applicators may continue to provide their needed services throughout this crisis,” stated Executive Order 2020-52.

The order says that all three-year certificates for commercial applicators, private applicators and registered applicators that were set to expire Dec. 13, 2019 “must be deemed unexpired and not to expire until 60 days after the end of the declared states of emergency and disaster.”

This order is effective immediately.

The full order along with a list of questions and answers can be found here.