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PESTICIDE DISPOSAL PROGRAM ADDS FIVE COUNTIES

 PESTICIDE DISPOSAL PROGRAM ADDS FIVE COUNTIES
 RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Clinton V. Turner,


commissioner, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and George H. Gilliam, chairman, Virginia Pesticide Control Board (PCB), have announced implementation of a pesticide disposal program in five Virginia counties during 1992.
 The counties selected to participate are Accomack, Nelson, Northampton, Nottoway, and Rockingham.
 A continuation of the successful "Clean Day" pilot project conducted in 1990, the program is a cooperative effort of VDACS, the PCB, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. It is designed to assist agricultural producers, pesticide dealers, and pest control firms with the proper disposal of unusable and unwanted pesticides.
 "I am pleased to continue this very important program for Virginia's farmers," said Turner. "The collection and disposal of these stored pesticides helps all Virginians by protecting the environment from contamination by these substances."
 Participating counties were selected on the basis of a survey of agricultural producers, pesticide dealers, and small pest control firms to determine the types and quantities of unwanted and unusable pesticides currently being stored. Officials estimate that 31,000 or more pounds of unwanted and unusable pesticides will be collected.
 In addition to survey results, other factors considered in selecting the five counties were the major agricultural commodity grown within the county, geographic location and operational logistics.
 "Proper disposal of unwanted and unusable pesticides stored in Virginia is a high priority," said Gilliam. "The inaugural Clean Day' pilot project in 1990 was a tremendous success and I am delighted the board and the department are able to continue this effort."
 Agricultural producers in the five selected counties that did not participate in the initial survey may still participate in the program by contacting their local Extension agents. The five selected counties must submit a final list of participants and pesticides to be collected to VDACS no later than Feb. 1, 1992.
 For additional information, contact Dan Schweitzer in Richmond at 804-371-0152.
 -0- 11/19/91
 /EDITORS: Informational meetings for prospective participants will be held on the following dates:
 -- Nelson County -- Nov. 25, 1991
 -- Nottoway County -- Dec. 5, 1991
 -- Rockingham County -- Jan. 6, 1992
 -- Accomack and Northampton counties -- Jan. 7, 1992 Contact the VDACS Office of Communication, 804-786-2373, for additional information./
 /CONTACT: b.j. Altschul, APR, Director of Communication, VDACS, 804-786-2373; Program contact -- C. Kermit Spruill Jr., director, Division of Product and Industry Regulation, 804-786-3523, or Dr. Marvin A. Lawson, Program Manager, Office of Pesticide Management, 804-371-6558, both of Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services/ CO: Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ST: Virginia IN: SU: CD -- CH006 -- 5080 11/19/91 15:55 EST
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