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Many people have been talking about the 2022 change in the Pesticide Reporting Law (PRL) that will require electronic reporting with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation starting February 1, 2024.

What is the Pesticide Reporting Law (PRL)?

Environmental Conservation Law Article 33, Title 12 is also known as the Pesticide ReportingLaw (PRL). The PRL was enacted in 1996 and requires Certified Commercial PesticideApplicators, Certified Commercial Pesticide Technicians, Aquatic Anti-Fouling Paint Applicators,and Commercial Permittees (including Importers, Manufacturers, and Compounders) to submitannual reports detailing pesticide activities for the prior calendar year. The New York StateDepartment of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is responsible for implementing the datacollection portion of this law.

Prior to the 2022 change in law, the Department noted that 84% of the total number of reports submitted were already being submitted electronically.

How to Comply with the Changes in the PRL

To assist reporters who have never reported electronically before, DEC has developed a series of PRL videos that give step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the reporting website and how to download or install DEC’s free reporting options. These videos are now available HERE.
DEC is no longer able to accept PDFs, scans, images, and printed spreadsheets since these are not considered to be acceptable electronic formats. Topics include:

1. Who Must Report? And How to Report You Made No Applications or Sales.
2a. Which Forms Must Applicators Submit?
2b. Which Forms Must Commercial Permit Holders Submit?
3. Which Reporting Option is Right for You?
4. Option A User Guide
5. Option D. Installation Package User Guide
6. Option D and O. Spreadsheets User Guide

For additional information regarding the PRL, please contact the DEC’s Pesticide Reporting and Certification Section at 518-402-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..