[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Tarrytown 8-20-1990 by L.L. No. 17-1990. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village of Tarrytown realizes that facilities which store pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers in bulk present some potential human health and environmental hazards. In an effort to minimize public risks associated with the storage of such chemicals, the following chapter establishes regulations and precautions that must be taken in the siting, construction, operation and maintenance of these facilities.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Twenty gallons of concentrate, 25 pounds of dry chemical (spray material) or 500 pounds of dry chemical (lawn material). The above amounts shall apply for the storage of all pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
The storage area should be isolated from other buildings, in an area not subject to flooding, away from public water supplies, watershed drainage areas, storm sewers and sanitary sewers and 50 feet from any stream, lake or pond.
The storage area must be accessible to a designated fire road; the building should be accessible from all sides for fire fighting or other emergency vehicle considerations.
Facility structural requirements shall be as follows:
Two inches of styrofoam insulation in place before concrete floor poured and sealed with chemical-resistant substance. In the event of a storage container rupturing, the concrete floor shall be recessed eight inches to act as a containment area and have separation barriers to avoid the mixing of noncompatible chemicals. The amount of liquid chemical stored on the site shall not exceed that of the containment area. NFPA-30 Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code 1984 should be used as a reference for standards on fire-resistant walls and doors.
A ventilation system that is sufficient to prevent accumulation of vapors, such as galvanized ducts running from floor to ceiling in any corner of pesticide storage area and the installation of fans, if the mixing of volatile liquids takes place inside the building.
Installation of a nonexplosive heating system. Building temperatures should be maintained below 95º F. and above freezing points of liquid pesticides.
Because of the flammability and volatility of some of the contents within the pesticide storage area, the installation of explosion-proof halogen lighting.
Smoke- and fire-detection systems connected to outside warning devices (light, alarms, etc.).
Pesticides should be segregated by hazard class with incompatible materials stored separately.
Herbicides should be separated from insecticides and fungicides.
Flammable and combustible liquids shall not be stored with other pesticides. Refer to NFPA-30 for requirements on proper aisle spacing and limitations on volumes.
It is the obligation of the property owner or party in control of the site to inspect all pesticide containers regularly for signs of leakage or other defects.
All containers must indicate the type of material and known hazard classification.
The owner of the pesticide storage area shall provide the proper protection equipment such as boots, gloves, respirators and coveralls and personnel training in emergency procedures.
Postings and warnings regarding pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers as required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration hazard communication and New York State right-to-know regulation shall be posted.
An emergency response plan must be submitted, reviewed and approved by the Fire Chief. The appropriate fire extinguishers must be provided for the various types of pesticides stored, and spill kits must be provided for emergency cleanup. In addition, first-aid supplies for initial response to pesticide poisonings shall be available, including the telephone numbers of agencies that provide emergency information and assistance on chemical emergencies of any type. (Chemtric: 800-424-9300; Environmental Protection Agency regional office: 212-264-5175; Hudson Valley Poison Center: 914-353-1000)
A current inventory shall be maintained at all times and be provided to local emergency response groups (police, fire and ambulance).
Regulations from the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Bureau of Pesticide Management shall be adhered to regarding handling, application and disposal of pesticides and their containers.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Police Department, the Fire Department and any Code Enforcement Officer so designated by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Tarrytown.
Any person, partnership or corporation that violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 for each offense or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute and be deemed a separate offense.