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Integrated Pest Management Program

Integrated Pest
management Program

Program Manager Contact Information:
Integrated Pest Management 
Program Manager  |  252-466-3631

Integrated Pest Management Program
Program Overview        
 

The intent of the Integrated Pest Management Program is to prevent and control pests that may impact the installation’s mission to create, provide, and maintain an aviation support environment. The goals of the program are to 1) establish and maintain safe, effective, and environmentally sound Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs to prevent or control pests and disease vectors that may adversely impact readiness or military operations by affecting the health of personnel or by damaging structures, material, or property; 2) ensure that pest management programs achieve, maintain, and monitor compliance with all applicable executive orders and applicable Federal, state, and local statutory and regulatory requirements; and 3) incorporate sustainable IPM philosophy, strategies, and techniques into all vector control and pest management planning, training, and operations, including installation pest management plans and other written guidance to reduce pesticide risk and prevent pollution.

Environmental Requirements        
 

Marine Corps policy requires that all Marine Corps installations and activities comply with all applicable environmental requirements, which may include Federal, state, local, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON), Marine Corps, and MCAS Cherry Point rules, regulations, and requirements. Legal and other environmental requirements related to the Integrated Pest Management Program are maintained on the EM Portal.

Programs, Plans, Resources and Responsibilities        
 

MCAS Cherry Point is required to develop and maintain an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP). The plan is currently being revised and will be housed on the EM Portal. The plan emphasizes and implements IPM techniques for use in the program. The plan also describes systems to maintain pest management reporting per Federal requirements. The primary purpose of the IPMP is to implement a program that is compliant with applicable laws and regulations. Ensuring that pesticides available for purchase in the Defense Commissary Agency and Marine Corps Exchange as well as the pesticides applied throughout the facility are approved pesticides is also a goal of the program. Systems established in the plan will also assist in tracking the progress of pesticide reduction.

A complete description of the responsibilities of the Integrated Pest Management Program is available on the EM Portal. Major components of the Integrated Pest Management Program include:

  • Implementation of the IPMP

  • Application of pesticide

Implementation of the IPMP

The IPM Program Manager is responsible for implementing the IPMP at MCAS Cherry Point. Responsibilities include monitoring use and application of pesticides at the facility, gathering required information to make required reports, tracking pesticide usage to determine whether pesticide minimization efforts are successful, and ensuring that contractor activities conform to the IPM program.

The IPMP shall be reviewed and updated annually by the installation IPM Program Manager. The annual update signature sheet contained in the IPMP shall be signed each year to document that the plan has been reviewed/updated.

Pesticide Application

Individuals that apply pesticides must have certain certifications and keep required records. The IPM Program Manager must ensure that all individuals applying pesticides, both contractors as well as MCAS Cherry Point personnel, maintain the proper certifications and use approved pesticides during application activities. Certifications from the applicable training must be maintained in the applicators’ training records.

Training and Communication        
 

Please refer to the Pesticide Application section for information on training requirements.

Practice-Aspect-Impact Risk        
 

The risk of negative environmental impacts from MCAS Cherry Point operations may be assessed by analyzing the practices that occur at the facility. Aspects are the characteristics of these practices that can cause an impact to the environment or other resources. It is Marine Corps policy that all Marine Corps installations identify and assess the environmental risk of the practices and aspects associated with each environmental program. Significant practices and/or aspects associated with this program include:

  • Pesticide/herbicide management and application / Hazardous material use

Objectives, Targets and Actions to Improve Performance        
 

When necessary, objectives and targets (O&T) are developed in order to minimize the environmental risks posed by the facility’s practices and to track progress towards achieving environmental goals. Any O&Ts related to the Integrated Pest Management Program and their associated actions to improve performance are maintained on the EM Portal. Currently, there are no O&Ts associated with this program.

Audit and Evaluation of Compliance        
 

The Integrated Pest Management Program is evaluated under each triennial Benchmark Environmental Compliance Evaluation (ECE). Findings and corrective actions from these audits are maintained on the EM Portal.

 

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