In 1981, GRIC established the Pesticide Control Office, adopted a pesticide code, and subsequently entered into a cooperative agreement with the EPA. This effectively made GRIC one of the first tribes in the nation to address the potential risks caused by pesticides. In 1995, the program was housed under the newly created Department of Environmental Quality and the Pesticide Ordinance was revised. Since its inception, the Pesticide Control Office continues to reduce pesticide related risks, such as illness and injury to the pesticide workers, handlers, applicators, and the Community’s residents, employees, and visitors.
Furthermore, the Community is committed to ensuring that all pesticide regulated activities, which include the production, transportation, storage, sale, pesticide devices, the use and disposal of pesticides as well as their containers are conducted according to Federal and Tribal Law. The pesticide control office accomplishes this in part by:
- Managing an Environmental Protection Agency, Pesticide Consolidated Cooperative Agreement.
- Providing a permitting mechanism for pest management businesses, growers and seed treaters.
- Providing a registration mechanism for sellers, producers and pest control advisors.
- Providing a certification mechanism for applicators applying general use and restricted use pesticides.
- Providing pesticide safety training for Community Applicators.
- Providing Worker Protection Standard training for agricultural workers and handlers.
- Conducting Community outreach and compliance assistance.
- Enforcing Federal and Tribal law through compliance inspections based upon a neutral inspection scheme.