Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced that the spotted fly compliance and enforcement team will conduct spotted fly permit audits and inspection records for businesses in Cumberland and County counties. York from October 25.
“We’ve been saying for a long time now that businesses are an important part of the spotted fly control and that they should protect themselves with a permit,” Redding said. “With a spotted lantern license and an educated workforce, we can stop this threat while keeping business and commerce on the move, commerce and consumers protected. “
In March of this year, the department added eight counties to the Commonwealth quarantine zone , which now stretches east to west across the Commonwealth. Companies operating or doing business in quarantined counties are required to obtain a free certificate permit, which comes with the responsibility of maintaining a trained and engaged workforce. Violators of permit requirements are subject to a maximum of $ 300 per violation, plus associated court costs.
In July, the department announced it would begin surveying the 34 counties in Pennsylvania quarantined for the pest to make sure companies were doing their part to slow the spread. The canvassing began in Blair County in July, followed by Lackawanna County in August. Most recently, Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland counties were surveyed in September.
Western Pennsylvania County’s most recent canvass included 100 shopping site visits, 58 of which received notices of non-compliance. People who have received a notice of non-compliance have 30 days before they are subject to fines for non-compliance.
The spotted lantern fly permit survey and inspection program aims to raise awareness of the value of quarantine compliance measures that help slow the spread of this invasive pest. Ministry applicants will always show their Commonwealth ID card and ask to see proof of license in addition to inspection and training records.
A Toolkit for spotted lantern businesses is available to help operations understand why the spotted lantern fly is bad, how quarantine works, whether they need a permit, and the responsibilities of holding a permit.
For more information on the spotted lantern fly, visit agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly.
Note: High-quality public domain photos of the spotted lantern fly are available for download through the United States Department of Agriculture. Spotted Lanternfly Flickr Album. Graphics designed for use on social media or otherwise to raise awareness about the spotted lantern fly and the new quarantine can be downloaded from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2021 Spotted Lanternfly Flickr Album.
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