SB1055: Fertilizer; regulation of application and labeling, report.


SENATE BILL NO. 1055
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
on February 16, 2011)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Senator Stuart)
A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 3.2-3600, 3.2-3602, 3.2-3602.1, 3.2-3607, 3.2-3611, 10.1-104.2, and 10.1-603.7 of the Code of Virginia; to amend the Code of Virginia by adding sections numbered 3.2-3607.1 and 3.2-3607.2 and by adding in Article 1 of Chapter 1 of Title 10.1 a section numbered 10.1-104.5; and to repeal § 15.2-924.1 of the Code of Virginia, relating to fertilizer; regulation of application and labeling; civil penalty.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That §§ 3.2-3600, 3.2-3602, 3.2-3602.1, 3.2-3607, 3.2-3611, 10.1-104.2, and 10.1-603.7 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted and that the Code of Virginia is amended by adding sections numbered 3.2-3607.1 and 3.2-3607.2 and by adding in Article 1 of Chapter 1 of Title 10.1 a section numbered 10.1-104.5 as follows:

§ 3.2-3600. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Brand" means a term, design, trademark or product name under which a regulated product is distributed.

"Bulk" means in nonpackaged form.

"Bulk fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed in a nonpackaged form.

"Commercial fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed for farm use, or for any other use, other than any specialty fertilizer use.

"Compost" means a biologically stable material derived from the composting process.

"Composting" means the biological decomposition of organic matter. It may be accomplished by mixing and piling so as to promote aerobic decay, anaerobic decay, or both aerobic and anaerobic decay.

"Contractor-applicator" means any person required to hold a permit to distribute or apply any regulated product pursuant to § 3.2-3608.

"Custom medium" means a horticultural growing medium that is prepared to the exact specifications of the person who will be planting in the medium and delivered to that person without intermediate or further distribution.

"Deficiency" means the amount of nutrient found by analysis to be less than that guaranteed, which may result from a lack of nutrient ingredients, or from lack of uniformity.

"Distribute" means to import, consign, manufacture, produce, compound, mix, blend, or in any way alter, the chemical or physical characteristics of a regulated product, or to offer for sale, sell, barter, warehouse or otherwise supply regulated product in the Commonwealth.

"Distributor" means any person who distributes.

"Fertilizer" means any substance containing one or more recognized plant nutrients, which is used for its plant nutrient content, and which is designed for use, or claimed to have value, in promoting plant growth. Fertilizer does not include unmanipulated animal and vegetable manures, marl, lime, limestone, and other products exempted by regulation.

"Fertilizer material" means a fertilizer that: (i) contains important quantities of no more than one of the primary plant nutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphate (P205) and potash (K20); (ii) has 85 percent or more of its plant nutrient content present in the form of a single chemical compound; or (iii) is derived from a plant or animal residue, a by-product, or a natural material deposit that has been processed or conditioned in such a way that its content of plant nutrients has not been materially changed, except by purification and concentration.

"Grade" means the percentage of total nitrogen (N), available phosphate (P205) and soluble potash (K20), stated in whole numbers in the same terms, order, and percentages as in the guaranteed analysis, except that fertilizer materials, specialty fertilizers, bone meal, manures and similar raw materials may be guaranteed in fractional units.

"Guaranteed analysis" means that information required by this chapter to be displayed on the label of a regulated product.

"Guarantor" means the person whose name appears on the label of a regulated product.

"Horticultural growing medium" means any substance or mixture of substances that is promoted as or is intended to function as an artificial soil for the managed growth of horticultural crops.

"Industrial co-product" means a product derived from an industrial process that meets the definition of fertilizer, soil amendment, soil conditioner or horticultural growing medium.

"Investigational allowance" means an allowance for variations, inherent in the taking, preparation, and analysis of an official sample.

"Label" means the display of all written, printed, or graphic matter, upon the immediate container, or a statement accompanying a regulated product, including an invoice.

"Labeling" means all written, printed, or graphic matter, upon or accompanying any regulated product, including invoices, advertisements, brochures, posters, and television and radio announcements, used in promoting the sale of the regulated product.

"Lawn fertilizer" means any fertilizer intended for nonagricultural use on newly established turf areas from sod or seed during the first growing season, turf areas being repaired or renovated, and turf areas where soil tests performed within the past three years indicate a nutrient deficiency.

"Lawn maintenance fertilizer" means any fertilizer intended for the nonagricultural routine maintenance of turf.

"Licensee" means the person who receives a license to distribute any regulated product under the provisions of this chapter.

"Manipulated manure" means animal or vegetable manure that is ground, pelletized, mechanically dried, packaged, supplemented with plant nutrients or other substances other than phosphorus, or otherwise treated in a manner to assist with the sale or distribution of the manure as a fertilizer or soil or plant additive.

"Manufacturer" means any person who manufactures, produces, compounds, mixes, blends, or in any way alters the chemical or physical characteristics of any regulated product.

"Mixed fertilizer" means a fertilizer containing any combination or mixture of fertilizer materials.

"Official analysis" means the analysis of an official sample, made by the Commissioner.

"Official sample" means the sample of regulated product taken by the Commissioner, and designated as "official" by the Board.

"Percent" or "percentage" means the percentage by weight.

"Primary nutrient" includes total nitrogen (N), available phosphate (P205), and soluble potash (K20).

"Quantity statement" means the net weight (mass), net volume (liquid or dry), count or other form of measurement of a commodity.

"Registrant" means the person who registers regulated products, under the provisions of this chapter.

"Regulated product" means any product governed by this chapter, including any fertilizer, specialty fertilizer, soil amendment, soil conditioner, and horticultural growing medium.

"Soil amendment" means any substance or mixture of substances, imported, manufactured, prepared or sold for manurial, soil enriching, or soil corrective purposes, or intended to be used for promoting or stimulating the growth of plants, increasing the productivity of plants, improving the quality of crops, or producing any chemical or physical change in the soil. The following are exempt from the definition of "soil amendment": fertilizer, unmanipulated or composted animal and vegetable manures, soil conditioners, horticultural growing media, agricultural liming materials, unmixed mulch and unmixed peat.

"Soil conditioner" means any substance or mixture of substances imported, manufactured, prepared or sold for soil corrective purposes including polyelectrolytes such as complex vinyl and acrylic compounds and certain cellulose and lignin derivatives.

"Specialty fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed for nonfarm use, including use on home gardens, lawns, shrubbery, flowers, golf courses, municipal parks, cemeteries, greenhouses and nurseries.

"Stop sale, use, removal, or seizure order" means an order that prohibits the distributor from selling, relocating, using, or disposing of a lot of regulated product, or portion thereof, in any manner, until the Commissioner or the court gives written permission to sell, relocate, use or dispose of the lot of regulated product or portion thereof.

"Ton" means a unit of 2000 pounds avoirdupois weight.

"Turf" means nonagricultural land that is planted as closely mowed, managed grass and includes golf courses, parks, cemeteries, publicly owned lands, and residential, commercial, or industrial property.

"Unmanipulated manure" means substances composed of the excreta of domestic animals, or domestic fowls, that has not been processed or conditioned in any manner including processing or conditioning by drying, grinding, pelleting, shredding, addition of plant food, mixing artificially with any material or materials (other than those that have been used for bedding, sanitary or feeding purposes for such animals or fowls), or by any other means.

§ 3.2-3602. Local government regulation of fertilizer.

No locality shall regulate the registration, packaging, labeling, sale, use, application, storage or distribution of fertilizers except by ordinance as provided for in the requirements of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (§ 10.1-2100 et seq.), the Erosion and Sediment Control Law (§ 10.1-560 et seq.), the Stormwater Management Act (§ 10.1-603.1 et seq.) or other nonpoint source regulations adopted by the Department of Conservation and Recreation or the Soil and Water Conservation Board. The provisions of this section shall not preempt the adoption, amendment, or enforcement of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code pursuant to § 27-97 and the Uniform Statewide Building Code pursuant to § 36-98.

§ 3.2-3602.1. Board authorized to adopt regulations for the application of regulated products to nonagricultural property; civil penalty.

A. The Board shall adopt regulations to certify the competence of (i) contractor-applicators and, (ii) licensees, and (iii) employees, representatives, or agents of state agencies, localities, or other governmental entities who apply any regulated product to nonagricultural lands.

B. The regulations shall establish (i) training requirements and; (ii) proper nutrient management practices in accordance with § 10.1-104.2, and including soil analysis techniques, equipment calibration, and the timing of the application; and (iii) reporting requirements, including the submission of an annual report as specified by the Commissioner regarding the location of lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer applications. Contractor-applicators and licensees who apply lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer to more than a total of 100 acres of nonagricultural lands annually and employees, representatives, or agents of state agencies, localities, or other governmental entities who apply lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer to nonagricultural lands shall submit an annual report on or before February 1 and on a form prescribed by the Commissioner. The annual report shall include the total acreage or square footage by zip code of the land receiving lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer in the preceding calendar year. The Department shall provide for optional reporting by electronic methods. The Department shall make publicly available every year the total acreage or square footage by zip code. Any personal information collected pursuant to this section shall be exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq.), except that the Commissioner may release information that has been transformed into a statistical or aggregate form that does not allow identification of the persons who supplied, or are the subject of, particular information.

BC. The Board may impose a civil penalty of up to $250 on any contractor-applicator or licensee who fails to comply with the regulations. The amount of the civil penalty shall be paid into the special fund established in § 3.2-3617.

CD. The Board shall form a technical advisory committee of stakeholders. The Board shall consult with the technical advisory committee of stakeholders and the Department of Conservation and Recreation in the development of the regulations.

D.-Contractor-applicators and licensees E. Any person who apply is subject to regulation and who applies any regulated product to nonagricultural lands shall comply with the regulations within 12 months of the effective date of the regulations.

F. Contractor-applicators and licensees in compliance with regulations adopted by the Board pursuant to this section shall not be subject to local ordinances governing the use or application of lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer.

§ 3.2-3607. Product registration and label requirements; exemptions.

A. In addition to licensing requirements:

1. Any person whose name is on the label of and who distributes in the Commonwealth any specialty fertilizer packaged in containers of 50 pounds or less dry net weight, or five gallons or less liquid net volume, shall: (i) apply for registration for such specialty fertilizer with the Commissioner on forms furnished or approved by the Commissioner; (ii) pay to the Commissioner by July 1 of each registration year a registration fee of $50 for each grade under a given brand prior to distributing the fertilizer in the Commonwealth; and (iii) provide labels for each grade under a given brand with the application.

2. Any person who distributes in the Commonwealth a soil amendment, soil conditioner, or horticultural growing medium shall: (i) apply for registration for such soil amendment, soil conditioner, or horticultural growing medium with the Commissioner on forms furnished or approved by the Commissioner; (ii) pay to the Commissioner by July 1 of each registration year a registration fee of $100 for each product name or brand of soil amendment, soil conditioner or horticultural growing medium prior to distributing the product in the Commonwealth; and (iii) provide labels for each product name or brand with the application.

B. The Commissioner shall furnish a copy of the registration to the applicant after approval of the registration.

C. Any person applying for registration of a specialty fertilizer, soil amendment, soil conditioner, or horticultural growing medium shall include with the application a label that includes the following information:

1. For specialty fertilizer, the grade under a given brand; for soil amendments, soil conditioners, or horticultural growing media, the product name or brand;

2. The guaranteed analysis;

3. The name and address of the registrant; and

4. The quantity statement.

D. The Commissioner may require verification of any labeling claims for any regulated product.

E. Custom-media and horticultural growing media planted with live plant material are exempt from labeling and registration requirements and inspection fees.

F. Beginning December 31, 2013, no lawn maintenance fertilizer containing more than zero percent phosphorus or other compounds containing phosphorus, such as phosphate, shall be registered with the Commissioner or offered for sale, distribution, or use in the Commonwealth. This prohibition does not include lawn fertilizer, manipulated manure, yard waste compost, products derived from sewage sludge, soils containing fertilizer, fertilizer products intended primarily for gardening, tree, shrub, and indoor plant application, including nurseries, or reclaimed water. The provisions of this section shall not restrict the continued sale by retailers of any prohibited fertilizer from any existing inventories in stock on December 31, 2013.

G. The Commissioner shall give the guarantor or manufacturer of any unregistered regulated product in commerce in the Commonwealth, a grace period of 15 working days from issuance of notification within which to register the regulated product. Any person required to register any regulated product who fails to register the regulated product within the grace period shall pay to the Commissioner a $50 late fee in addition to the registration fee. The Commissioner may issue a stop sale, use, removal or seizure order upon any regulated product until the registration is issued.

§ 3.2-3607.1. Consumer education.

A. The Department, in consultation with representatives of the fertilizer industry, fertilizer retailers, and statewide turf and lawn care organizations, and other interested parties, may develop consumer information and recommended best practices for the application of lawn fertilizer.

B. The Department shall provide a public listing of contractor-applicators who apply fertilizer on nonagricultural lands and have met the training requirements of § 3.2-3602.1. The Department shall encourage consumers to consult the listing when hiring a lawn care professional.

§ 3.2-3607.2. Sale of deicing agents.

Beginning December 31, 2013, it is unlawful for any person to offer for sale any deicing agent containing urea or other forms of nitrogen or phosphorus intended for application to parking lots, roadways, and sidewalks or other paved surfaces in the Commonwealth. The provisions of this section shall not restrict the continued sale by retailers of any deicing agent from any existing inventories in stock on December 31, 2013.

§ 3.2-3611. Labeling.

A. The manufacturer or guarantor of any regulated product distributed in the Commonwealth shall affix a label to the container or provide an invoice at the time of delivery for a bulk regulated product that states in clear, legible and conspicuous form, in the English language, the following information:

1. The quantity statement;

2. The grade under a given brand. The grade shall not be required when no primary nutrients are claimed;

3. The guaranteed analysis, which shall:

a. For fertilizers, conform to the following, with the percentage of each plant nutrient stated as follows:

(1) Total Nitrogen (N) .......... %

Available Phosphate (P205) .......... %

Soluble Potash (K20) .......... %

(2) For unacidulated mineral phosphate materials and basic slag, bone, tankage, and other organic phosphate materials, the available phosphate (P205), or the degree of fineness, or both, may also be guaranteed;

(3) Guarantees for plant nutrients other than nitrogen (N), phosphate (P205), and potash (K20) shall be expressed in the form of the element. A statement of the sources of nutrients including oxides, salt, and chelates, may be required on the application for registration of specialty fertilizers, and may be included as a parenthetical statement on the label. Degree of acidity or alkalinity (pH), beneficial substances, or compounds determinable by laboratory methods also may be guaranteed by permission of the Commissioner and with the advice of the Director of the Virginia Experiment Station. When any degree of acidity or alkalinity (pH), beneficial substances, or compounds are guaranteed, they shall be subject to inspection and analysis in accord with the methods and regulations prescribed by the Board;

b. For soil amendments, consist of a list of ingredients, and may include a statement of naturally occurring nutrient levels;

c. For soil conditioners, including polyelectrolytes, contain the following information in the following form:

(1) Name of active ingredient .......... %

(name and list all)

(2) Total other ingredients .......... %

d. For horticultural growing media, include a list of ingredients and other guarantees as required by regulation;

e. When compost derived from sewage sludge, hazardous materials, unrendered animals or poultry or their parts, or other source material specified in regulations established by the Board is used as an ingredient, identify the source material of the compost; and

f. Include a list of such other ingredients as may be required by the Board through regulation.

4. The name and address of the registrant or licensee.

B. A commercial fertilizer that is formulated according to specifications provided by a consumer prior to mixing, or any fertilizer formulated for a consumer, shall be labeled to show: (i) the quantity statement; (ii) the guaranteed analysis; and (iii) the name and address of the distributor or the licensee.

C. For horticultural growing media, a statement of added fertilizers, if any, shall be listed on the registration document and customer sales invoice.

D. Beginning December 31, 2013, lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer shall be labeled as follows:

"DO NOT APPLY NEAR WATER, STORM DRAINS, OR DRAINAGE DITCHES. DO NOT APPLY IF HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED. APPLY THIS PRODUCT ONLY TO YOUR LAWN/GARDEN, AND SWEEP ANY PRODUCT THAT LANDS ON THE DRIVEWAY, SIDEWALK, OR STREET, BACK ONTO YOUR LAWN/GARDEN."

§ 10.1-104.2. Voluntary nutrient management training and certification program.

A. The Department shall operate a voluntary nutrient management training and certification program to certify the competence of persons preparing nutrient management plans for the purpose of assisting land owners landowners and operators in the management of land application of fertilizers, municipal sewage sludges, animal manures, and other nutrient sources for agronomic benefits and for the protection of the Commonwealth's ground and surface waters.

B. The Department shall develop a flexible, tiered, voluntary nutrient management plan program to assist owners and operators of agricultural land in preparing nutrient management plans for their own property that meet the nutrient management specifications developed by the Department. The Department shall convene a stakeholder group composed of individuals representing agricultural and environmental organizations to assist in the development of this program. The program shall: (i) allow owners and operators of agricultural lands who are not required to have a certified nutrient management plan to prepare their own nutrient management plans; (ii) include a tiered approach for lands of different sizes, agricultural production, and nutrient applications; (iii) consider similar online programs in other states or sponsored by universities; (iv) address how the nutrient management plans can be verified and receive credit in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model for properties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; (v) establish an effective date for implementation; and (vi) include any other issues related to developing a flexible, tiered, voluntary nutrient management plan program for owners and operators of agricultural lands.

C. The Department shall, promulgate with the approval of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board, adopt regulations:

1. Specifying qualifications and standards for individuals to be deemed competent in nutrient management plan preparation, and providing for the issuance of documentation of certification to such individuals;

2. Specifying conditions under which a certificate issued to an individual may be suspended or revoked;

3. Providing for criteria relating to the development of nutrient management plans for various agricultural and urban agronomic practices;

4. Establishing fees to be paid by individuals enrolling in the training and certification programs;

5. Providing for the performance of other duties and the exercise of other powers by the Director as may be necessary to provide for the training and certification of individuals preparing nutrient management plans; and

6. Giving due consideration to relevant existing agricultural certification programs.

BD. There is hereby established a special, nonreverting fund in the state treasury to be known as the Nutrient Management Training and Certification Fund. The fund shall consist of all fees collected by the Department pursuant to subsection AC. No part of the fund, either principal or interest, shall revert to the general fund. The fund shall be administered by the Director, and shall be used solely for the payment of expenses of operating the nutrient management training and certification program.

§ 10.1-104.5. Nutrient management plans required for golf courses; penalty.

A. On or before July 1, 2017, all persons that own land operated as a golf course and upon which fertilizer, manure, sewage sludge, or other compounds containing nitrogen or phosphorous are applied to support turf, plant growth, or other uses shall develop and implement nutrient management plans for such land in accordance with the regulations adopted pursuant to § 10.1-104.2. However, such lands shall be exempt from the application rate and timing provisions contained in any regulations developed pursuant to § 10.1-104.2 if research involving nutrient application rate and timing is conducted on such lands.

B. Nutrient management plans developed pursuant to this section shall be submitted to the Department. The Department shall approve or contingently approve such nutrient management plans within 30 days of submission. Such nutrient management plans shall be revised and resubmitted for approval to the Department every five years thereafter or upon a major renovation or redesign of the golf course lands, whichever occurs sooner.

C. Golf courses shall maintain and properly implement approved nutrient management plans, planning standards, and specifications on all areas where nutrients are applied.

D. Nutrient management plans shall be made available to the Department upon request.

E. The Department shall (i) provide technical assistance and training on the development and implementation of nutrient management plans, planning standards, and specifications and (ii) establish, prior to July 1, 2015, a cost-share program specific to golf courses for implementation of this section.

F. Any information collected pursuant to this section shall be exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq.).

G. A golf course owner found to be in violation of this section after July 1, 2017, shall be given 90 days to submit a nutrient management plan to the Department for approval before a $250 civil penalty is imposed. All civil penalties imposed under this section shall be deposited in the Nutrient Management Training and Certification Fund (§ 10.1-104.2).

H. Golf courses in compliance with this section shall not be subject to local ordinances governing the use or application of fertilizer.  

§ 10.1-603.7. Authorization for more stringent ordinances.

A. Localities are authorized to adopt more stringent stormwater management ordinances than those necessary to ensure compliance with the Board's minimum regulations, provided that the more stringent ordinances are based upon factual findings of local or regional comprehensive watershed management studies or findings developed through the implementation of a MS4 permit or a locally adopted watershed management study and are determined by the locality to be necessary to prevent any further degradation to water resources or to address specific existing water pollution including nutrient and sediment loadings, stream channel erosion, depleted groundwater resources, or excessive localized flooding within the watershed and that prior to adopting more stringent ordinances a public hearing is held after giving due notice. Localities shall report to the Board when more stringent stormwater management ordinances are determined to be necessary pursuant to this section.

B. Any local stormwater management program in existence before January 1, 2005, that contains more stringent provisions than this article shall be exempt from the requirements of subsection A.

2.  That § 15.2-924.1 of the Code of Virginia is repealed.

3.  That the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall provide, no later than December 15, 2011, a report to the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources concerning the use of slowly available nitrogen in lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer. The report shall (i) conduct an assessment of the most effective means to encourage the use of slowly available nitrogen in lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer, (ii) determine the most appropriate percentages of slowly available nitrogen to be included in lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer, (iii) recommend the most appropriate effective date for any change, (iv) calculate the costs to the manufacturer and consumer, and (v) provide a review of any other issues related to the use of slowly available nitrogen in lawn fertilizer and lawn maintenance fertilizer. The Department shall consult with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Chesapeake Bay Commission and, at the Department's discretion, may convene a technical advisory committee of stakeholders concerning the development and content of the report.


SENATE BILL NO. 1055
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
on January 31, 2011)
(Patrons Prior to Substitute--Senators Stuart, McDougle [SB 922], and Whipple [SB 1465])
A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 3.2-3600, 3.2-3602.1, 3.2-3607, 3.2-3610, and 3.2-3611 of the Code of Virginia and to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 3.2-3607.1, relating to fertilizer and deicing agents; regulation of application; penalty.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That §§ 3.2-3600, 3.2-3602.1, 3.2-3607, 3.2-3610, and 3.2-3611 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted and that the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 3.2-3607.1 as follows:

§ 3.2-3600. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Brand" means a term, design, trademark or product name under which a regulated product is distributed.

"Bulk" means in nonpackaged form.

"Bulk fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed in a nonpackaged form.

"Commercial fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed for farm use, or for any other use, other than any specialty fertilizer use.

"Compost" means a biologically stable material derived from the composting process.

"Composting" means the biological decomposition of organic matter. It may be accomplished by mixing and piling so as to promote aerobic decay, anaerobic decay, or both aerobic and anaerobic decay.

"Contractor-applicator" means any person required to hold a permit to distribute or apply any regulated product pursuant to § 3.2-3608.

"Custom medium" means a horticultural growing medium that is prepared to the exact specifications of the person who will be planting in the medium and delivered to that person without intermediate or further distribution.

"Deficiency" means the amount of nutrient found by analysis to be less than that guaranteed, which may result from a lack of nutrient ingredients, or from lack of uniformity.

"Distribute" means to import, consign, manufacture, produce, compound, mix, blend, or in any way alter, the chemical or physical characteristics of a regulated product, or to offer for sale, sell, barter, warehouse or otherwise supply regulated product in the Commonwealth.

"Distributor" means any person who distributes.

"Fertilizer" means any substance containing one or more recognized plant nutrients, which is used for its plant nutrient content, and which is designed for use, or claimed to have value, in promoting plant growth. Fertilizer does not include unmanipulated animal and vegetable manures, marl, lime, limestone, and other products exempted by regulation.

"Fertilizer material" means a fertilizer that: (i) contains important quantities of no more than one of the primary plant nutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphate (P205) and potash (K20); (ii) has 85 percent or more of its plant nutrient content present in the form of a single chemical compound; or (iii) is derived from a plant or animal residue, a by-product, or a natural material deposit that has been processed or conditioned in such a way that its content of plant nutrients has not been materially changed, except by purification and concentration.

"Grade" means the percentage of total nitrogen (N), available phosphate (P205) and soluble potash (K20), stated in whole numbers in the same terms, order, and percentages as in the guaranteed analysis, except that fertilizer materials, specialty fertilizers, bone meal, manures and similar raw materials may be guaranteed in fractional units.

"Guaranteed analysis" means that information required by this chapter to be displayed on the label of a regulated product.

"Guarantor" means the person whose name appears on the label of a regulated product.

"Horticultural growing medium" means any substance or mixture of substances that is promoted as or is intended to function as an artificial soil for the managed growth of horticultural crops.

"Industrial co-product" means a product derived from an industrial process that meets the definition of fertilizer, soil amendment, soil conditioner or horticultural growing medium.

"Investigational allowance" means an allowance for variations, inherent in the taking, preparation, and analysis of an official sample.

"Label" means the display of all written, printed, or graphic matter, upon the immediate container, or a statement accompanying a regulated product, including an invoice.

"Labeling" means all written, printed, or graphic matter, upon or accompanying any regulated product, including invoices, advertisements, brochures, posters, and television and radio announcements, used in promoting the sale of the regulated product.

"Lawn fertilizer" means any fertilizer intended for the nonagricultural use on newly established turf areas from sod or seed during their first growing season, turf areas being repaired or renovated, and turf areas where soil tests performed within the past three years indicate a nutrient deficiency.

"Lawn maintenance fertilizer" means any fertilizer intended for the nonagricultural routine maintenance of turf.

"Licensee" means the person who receives a license to distribute any regulated product under the provisions of this chapter.

"Manipulated manure" means animal or vegetable manure that is ground, pelletized, mechanically dried, packaged, supplemented with plant nutrients or other substances other than phosphorus, or otherwise treated in a manner to assist with the sale or distribution of the manure as a fertilizer or soil or plant additive.

"Manufacturer" means any person who manufactures, produces, compounds, mixes, blends, or in any way alters the chemical or physical characteristics of any regulated product.

"Mixed fertilizer" means a fertilizer containing any combination or mixture of fertilizer materials.

"Official analysis" means the analysis of an official sample, made by the Commissioner.

"Official sample" means the sample of regulated product taken by the Commissioner, and designated as "official" by the Board.

"Percent" or "percentage" means the percentage by weight.

"Primary nutrient" includes total nitrogen (N), available phosphate (P205), and soluble potash (K20).

"Quantity statement" means the net weight (mass), net volume (liquid or dry), count or other form of measurement of a commodity.

"Registrant" means the person who registers regulated products, under the provisions of this chapter.

"Regulated product" means any product governed by this chapter, including any fertilizer, specialty fertilizer, soil amendment, soil conditioner, and horticultural growing medium.

"Soil amendment" means any substance or mixture of substances, imported, manufactured, prepared or sold for manurial, soil enriching, or soil corrective purposes, or intended to be used for promoting or stimulating the growth of plants, increasing the productivity of plants, improving the quality of crops, or producing any chemical or physical change in the soil. The following are exempt from the definition of "soil amendment": fertilizer, unmanipulated or composted animal and vegetable manures, soil conditioners, horticultural growing media, agricultural liming materials, unmixed mulch and unmixed peat.

"Soil conditioner" means any substance or mixture of substances imported, manufactured, prepared or sold for soil corrective purposes including polyelectrolytes such as complex vinyl and acrylic compounds and certain cellulose and lignin derivatives.

"Specialty fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed for nonfarm use, including use on home gardens, lawns, shrubbery, flowers, golf courses, municipal parks, cemeteries, greenhouses and nurseries.

"Stop sale, use, removal, or seizure order" means an order that prohibits the distributor from selling, relocating, using, or disposing of a lot of regulated product, or portion thereof, in any manner, until the Commissioner or the court gives written permission to sell, relocate, use or dispose of the lot of regulated product or portion thereof.

"Ton" means a unit of 2000 pounds avoirdupois weight.

"Turf" means nonagricultural land that is planted as closely mowed, managed grass and includes golf courses, parks, cemeteries, publicly owned lands, and residential, commercial, or industrial property.

"Unmanipulated manure" means substances composed of the excreta of domestic animals, or domestic fowls, that has not been processed or conditioned in any manner including processing or conditioning by drying, grinding, pelleting, shredding, addition of plant food, mixing artificially with any material or materials (other than those that have been used for bedding, sanitary or feeding purposes for such animals or fowls), or by any other means. § 3.2-3602.1. Board authorized to adopt regulations for the application of regulated products to nonagricultural property; civil penalty.

§ 3.2-3602.1. Board authorized to adopt regulations for the application of regulated products to nonagricultural property; civil penalty.

A. The Board shall adopt regulations to certify the competence of (i) contractor-applicators and, (ii) licensees, and (iii) employees, representatives, or agents of state agencies, municipal corporations, or other governmental agencies who apply any regulated product to nonagricultural lands. The regulations shall establish (i) (a) training requirements and (ii) (b) proper nutrient management practices in accordance with § 10.1-104.2, and including soil analysis techniques, equipment calibration, and the timing of the application.

B. The Board may impose a civil penalty of up to $250 on any contractor-applicator or licensee who fails to comply with the regulations. The amount of the civil penalty shall be paid into the special fund established in § 3.2-3617.

C. The Board shall form a technical advisory committee of stakeholders. The Board shall consult with the technical advisory committee of stakeholders and the Department of Conservation and Recreation in the development of the regulations.

D. Contractor-applicators and licensees who apply any regulated product to nonagricultural lands shall comply with the regulations within 12 months of the effective date of the regulations.

§ 3.2-3607. Product registration and label requirements; exemptions.

A. In addition to licensing requirements:

1. Any person whose name is on the label of and who distributes in the Commonwealth any specialty fertilizer packaged in containers of 50 pounds or less dry net weight, or five gallons or less liquid net volume, shall: (i) apply for registration for such specialty fertilizer with the Commissioner on forms furnished or approved by the Commissioner; (ii) pay to the Commissioner by July 1 of each registration year a registration fee of $50 for each grade under a given brand prior to distributing the fertilizer in the Commonwealth; and (iii) provide labels for each grade under a given brand with the application.

2. Any person who distributes in the Commonwealth a soil amendment, soil conditioner, or horticultural growing medium shall: (i) apply for registration for such soil amendment, soil conditioner, or horticultural growing medium with the Commissioner on forms furnished or approved by the Commissioner; (ii) pay to the Commissioner by July 1 of each registration year a registration fee of $100 for each product name or brand of soil amendment, soil conditioner or horticultural growing medium prior to distributing the product in the Commonwealth; and (iii) provide labels for each product name or brand with the application.

B. The Commissioner shall furnish a copy of the registration to the applicant after approval of the registration.

C. Any person applying for registration of a specialty fertilizer, soil amendment, soil conditioner, or horticultural growing medium shall include with the application a label that includes the following information:

1. For specialty fertilizer, the grade under a given brand; for soil amendments, soil conditioners, or horticultural growing media, the product name or brand;

2. The guaranteed analysis;

3. The name and address of the registrant; and

4. The quantity statement.

D. The Commissioner may require verification of any labeling claims for any regulated product.

E. Custom-media and horticultural growing media planted with live plant material are exempt from labeling and registration requirements and inspection fees.

F. Beginning January 1, 2013, no lawn maintenance fertilizer containing more than zero percent phosphorus or other compound containing phosphorus, such as phosphate, shall be registered with the Commissioner or offered for sale, distribution, or use in the Commonwealth. This prohibition does not include lawn fertilizer, manipulated manure, yard waste compost, products derived from sewage sludge, soils containing fertilizer, fertilizer products intended primarily for gardening, tree, shrub, and indoor plant application, including nurseries, or reclaimed water. The provisions of this section shall not restrict the continued sale by retailers of any prohibited fertilizer from any existing inventories.

G. The Commissioner shall give the guarantor or manufacturer of any unregistered regulated product in commerce in the Commonwealth, a grace period of 15 working days from issuance of notification within which to register the regulated product. Any person required to register any regulated product who fails to register the regulated product within the grace period shall pay to the Commissioner a $50 late fee in addition to the registration fee. The Commissioner may issue a stop sale, use, removal or seizure order upon any regulated product until the registration is issued.

§ 3.2-3607.1. Sale of deicing agents.

Beginning January 1, 2013, it is unlawful for any person to offer for sale any deicing agent containing urea or other forms of nitrogen or phosphorus intended for application to parking lots, roadways, and sidewalks or other paved surfaces in the Commonwealth. The provisions of this section shall not restrict the continued sale by retailers of any prohibited fertilizer from any existing inventories.

§ 3.2-3610. Statistical reports.

A. For commercial fertilizer:

1. Any person distributing or selling commercial fertilizer to a nonlicensee shall furnish the Commissioner a monthly an annual report showing:

a. The county or city of the nonlicensee consignee;

b. The amounts (expressed in tons, or decimal portions) of each grade of fertilizer; and

c. The form in which the person distributed the fertilizer (e.g., in bags, bulk, or in liquid form).

2. This information Contractor-applicators and licensees applying commercial fertilizer for nonagricultural use shall furnish the Commissioner with an annual report providing information deemed by the Commissioner to be necessary for the implementation of the total maximum daily load for the Chesapeake Bay or any other waters of the Commonwealth. Such reports shall include the total acreage receiving nitrogen and phosphorus, by county or city, in accordance with any nutrient management standards and criteria developed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

3. The information required by subdivisions 1 and 2 shall be submitted in the following form and shall specify shipments made during the preceding month year on or before February 1:

a. A For contractor-applicators and licensees, a summary report on a form prescribed by the Commissioner, on or before the 20th day of each month that includes the information described in subdivision 2; or

b. A summary report by electronic transfer, utilizing the Uniform Fertilizer Tonnage Reporting System. Prior to using the electronic transfer method, the person responsible for submitting the monthly annual tonnage report shall make arrangements with the Commissioner for the Commissioner's receipt of the report by such method.

3.4. If the monthly annual report is not filed by within 15 days after the due date, a late fee of $35 $250 shall be assessed against the licensee or contractor-applicators.

B. For all other regulated products:

1. The person distributing or selling such products to a nonlicensee shall furnish the Commissioner an annual report showing:

a. The county or city of the nonlicensee consignee; and

b. The amounts (expressed in tons, or decimal portions) of each grade under a given brand of product.

2. Any person listed in subdivision B 1 who fails to file this report by August 1 shall pay a late fee of $35 to the Commissioner.

§ 3.2-3611. Labeling.

A. The manufacturer or guarantor of any regulated product distributed in the Commonwealth shall affix a label to the container or provide an invoice at the time of delivery for a bulk regulated product that states in clear, legible and conspicuous form, in the English language, the following information:

1. The quantity statement;

2. The grade under a given brand. The grade shall not be required when no primary nutrients are claimed;

3. The guaranteed analysis, which shall:

a. For fertilizers, conform to the following, with the percentage of each plant nutrient stated as follows:

(1) Total Nitrogen (N) .......... %

Available Phosphate (P205) .......... %

Soluble Potash (K20) .......... %

(2) For unacidulated mineral phosphate materials and basic slag, bone, tankage, and other organic phosphate materials, the available phosphate (P205), or the degree of fineness, or both, may also be guaranteed;

(3) Guarantees for plant nutrients other than nitrogen (N), phosphate (P205), and potash (K20) shall be expressed in the form of the element. A statement of the sources of nutrients including oxides, salt, and chelates, may be required on the application for registration of specialty fertilizers, and may be included as a parenthetical statement on the label. Degree of acidity or alkalinity (pH), beneficial substances, or compounds determinable by laboratory methods also may be guaranteed by permission of the Commissioner and with the advice of the Director of the Virginia Experiment Station. When any degree of acidity or alkalinity (pH), beneficial substances, or compounds are guaranteed, they shall be subject to inspection and analysis in accord with the methods and regulations prescribed by the Board;

b. For soil amendments, consist of a list of ingredients, and may include a statement of naturally occurring nutrient levels;

c. For soil conditioners, including polyelectrolytes, contain the following information in the following form:

(1) Name of active ingredient .......... %

(name and list all)

(2) Total other ingredients .......... %

d. For horticultural growing media, include a list of ingredients and other guarantees as required by regulation;

e. When compost derived from sewage sludge, hazardous materials, unrendered animals or poultry or their parts, or other source material specified in regulations established by the Board is used as an ingredient, identify the source material of the compost; and

f. The following statement must be affixed to all bags of turf fertilizer, and for bulk sales of turf fertilizer, the following statement must be clearly visible on the invoice: ?Do not apply near water, storm drains or drainage ditches. Do not apply if heavy rain is expected. Apply this product only to your lawn or garden, and sweep any product that lands on the driveway, sidewalk, or street, back onto your lawn or garden.?; and

g. Include a list of such other ingredients as may be required by the Board through regulation.

4. The name and address of the registrant or licensee.

B. A commercial fertilizer that is formulated according to specifications provided by a consumer prior to mixing, or any fertilizer formulated for a consumer, shall be labeled to show: (i) the quantity statement; (ii) the guaranteed analysis; and (iii) the name and address of the distributor or the licensee.

C. For horticultural growing media, a statement of added fertilizers, if any, shall be listed on the registration document and customer sales invoice.

2.  That the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall provide, no later than December 15, 2011, a report concerning the use of slowly available nitrogen in lawn fertilizer to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources and the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources. The report shall (i) conduct an assessment of the most effective means to encourage the use of slowly available nitrogen in lawn fertilizer, (ii) determine the most appropriate percentages of slowly available nitrogen to be included in lawn fertilizers, (iii) recommend the most appropriate effective date for any change, (iv) calculate the costs to the manufacturer and consumer, and (v) provide a review of any other issues related to the use of slowly available nitrogen in lawn fertilizers. The Department shall consult with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and, at its discretion, may convene a technical advisory committee of stakeholders concerning the development and content of the report.

3.  That the provisions of §§ 3.2-3602.1 and 3.2-3607.1 of this act shall not restrict the continued sale by retailers of any prohibited fertilizer and deicer from any existing inventories in stock at the time such restrictions become effective.

SENATE BILL NO. 1055
Offered January 12, 2011
Prefiled January 11, 2011
A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 3.2-3600, 3.2-3610, and 3.2-3611 of the Code of Virginia and to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 3.2-3611.1, relating to fertilizer and deicing agents; regulation of application; penalty. Report.
Patrons-- Stuart and Northam

Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That §§ 3.2-3600, 3.2-3610, and 3.2-3611 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted and that the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 3.2-3611.1 as follows:

§ 3.2-3600. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Brand" means a term, design, trademark or product name under which a regulated product is distributed.

"Bulk" means in nonpackaged form.

"Bulk fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed in a nonpackaged form.

"Commercial fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed for farm use, or for any other use, other than any specialty fertilizer use.

"Compost" means a biologically stable material derived from the composting process.

"Composting" means the biological decomposition of organic matter. It may be accomplished by mixing and piling so as to promote aerobic decay, anaerobic decay, or both aerobic and anaerobic decay.

"Contractor-applicator" means any person required to hold a permit to distribute or apply any regulated product pursuant to § 3.2-3608.

"Custom medium" means a horticultural growing medium that is prepared to the exact specifications of the person who will be planting in the medium and delivered to that person without intermediate or further distribution.

"Deficiency" means the amount of nutrient found by analysis to be less than that guaranteed, which may result from a lack of nutrient ingredients, or from lack of uniformity.

"Distribute" means to import, consign, manufacture, produce, compound, mix, blend, or in any way alter, the chemical or physical characteristics of a regulated product, or to offer for sale, sell, barter, warehouse or otherwise supply regulated product in the Commonwealth.

"Distributor" means any person who distributes.

?Established turfgrass? means turfgrass that has been established and growing for 12 months or more.

"Fertilizer" means any substance containing one or more recognized plant nutrients, which is used for its plant nutrient content, and which is designed for use, or claimed to have value, in promoting plant growth. Fertilizer does not include unmanipulated animal and vegetable manures, marl, lime, limestone, and other products exempted by regulation.

"Fertilizer material" means a fertilizer that: (i) contains important quantities of no more than one of the primary plant nutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphate (P205) and potash (K20); (ii) has 85 percent or more of its plant nutrient content present in the form of a single chemical compound; or (iii) is derived from a plant or animal residue, a by-product, or a natural material deposit that has been processed or conditioned in such a way that its content of plant nutrients has not been materially changed, except by purification and concentration.

"Grade" means the percentage of total nitrogen (N), available phosphate (P205) and soluble potash (K20), stated in whole numbers in the same terms, order, and percentages as in the guaranteed analysis, except that fertilizer materials, specialty fertilizers, bone meal, manures and similar raw materials may be guaranteed in fractional units.

"Guaranteed analysis" means that information required by this chapter to be displayed on the label of a regulated product.

"Guarantor" means the person whose name appears on the label of a regulated product.

"Horticultural growing medium" means any substance or mixture of substances that is promoted as or is intended to function as an artificial soil for the managed growth of horticultural crops.

"Industrial co-product" means a product derived from an industrial process that meets the definition of fertilizer, soil amendment, soil conditioner or horticultural growing medium.

"Investigational allowance" means an allowance for variations, inherent in the taking, preparation, and analysis of an official sample.

"Label" means the display of all written, printed, or graphic matter, upon the immediate container, or a statement accompanying a regulated product, including an invoice.

"Labeling" means all written, printed, or graphic matter, upon or accompanying any regulated product, including invoices, advertisements, brochures, posters, and television and radio announcements, used in promoting the sale of the regulated product.

"Licensee" means the person who receives a license to distribute any regulated product under the provisions of this chapter.

"Manufacturer" means any person who manufactures, produces, compounds, mixes, blends, or in any way alters the chemical or physical characteristics of any regulated product.

"Mixed fertilizer" means a fertilizer containing any combination or mixture of fertilizer materials.

?Newly established turfgrass? means a turfgrass area that was first established on bare ground by seeding or sodding within the preceding 12-month period, or a bare spot that was reseeded or resodded within the preceding 12-month period in an existing turfgrass area.

"Official analysis" means the analysis of an official sample, made by the Commissioner.

"Official sample" means the sample of regulated product taken by the Commissioner, and designated as "official" by the Board.

"Organic" means derived from manure, green manure, biosolids, compost, or other plant or animal residues that contain plant nutrients.

"Percent" or "percentage" means the percentage by weight.

"Primary nutrient" includes total nitrogen (N), available phosphate (P205), and soluble potash (K20).

"Quantity statement" means the net weight (mass), net volume (liquid or dry), count or other form of measurement of a commodity.

"Registrant" means the person who registers regulated products, under the provisions of this chapter.

"Regulated product" means any product governed by this chapter, including any fertilizer, specialty fertilizer, soil amendment, soil conditioner, and horticultural growing medium.

"Soil amendment" means any substance or mixture of substances, imported, manufactured, prepared or sold for manurial, soil enriching, or soil corrective purposes, or intended to be used for promoting or stimulating the growth of plants, increasing the productivity of plants, improving the quality of crops, or producing any chemical or physical change in the soil. The following are exempt from the definition of "soil amendment": fertilizer, unmanipulated or composted animal and vegetable manures, soil conditioners, horticultural growing media, agricultural liming materials, unmixed mulch and unmixed peat.

"Soil conditioner" means any substance or mixture of substances imported, manufactured, prepared or sold for soil corrective purposes including polyelectrolytes such as complex vinyl and acrylic compounds and certain cellulose and lignin derivatives.

"Specialty fertilizer" means a fertilizer distributed for nonfarm use, including use on home gardens, lawns, shrubbery, flowers, golf courses, municipal parks, cemeteries, greenhouses and nurseries.

"Stop sale, use, removal, or seizure order" means an order that prohibits the distributor from selling, relocating, using, or disposing of a lot of regulated product, or portion thereof, in any manner, until the Commissioner or the court gives written permission to sell, relocate, use or dispose of the lot of regulated product or portion thereof.

"Ton" means a unit of 2000 pounds avoirdupois weight.

?Turfgrass? means selected grass species planted or sodded and managed for such uses as public and private lawns, golf courses, office parks, and rights-of-way.

"Turfgrass fertilizer? means any fertilizer sold or distributed for nonagricultural use. Turfgrass fertilizer does not include fertilizer products intended for specific gardening, tree, shrub, and indoor plant application.

?Turfgrass maintenance fertilizer? means any fertilizer intended for nonagricultural use on established turfgrass.

"Unmanipulated manure" means substances composed of the excreta of domestic animals, or domestic fowls, that has not been processed or conditioned in any manner including processing or conditioning by drying, grinding, pelleting, shredding, addition of plant food, mixing artificially with any material or materials (other than those that have been used for bedding, sanitary or feeding purposes for such animals or fowls), or by any other means. § 3.2-3602.1. Board authorized to adopt regulations for the application of regulated products to nonagricultural property; civil penalty.

A. The Board shall adopt regulations to certify the competence of contractor-applicators and, licensees who apply any regulated product to nonagricultural lands. The regulations shall establish (i) training requirements and (ii) proper nutrient management practices in accordance with § 10.1-104.2, and including soil analysis techniques, equipment calibration, and the timing of the application, and persons acting on behalf of the Commonwealth or any locality thereof. The regulations shall require:

1. Contractor-applicators and licensees to become trained and certified in nutrient management pursuant to the nutrient management training and certification program operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation pursuant to § 10.1-104.2;

2. Contractor-applicators and licensees, and any employees and agents thereof, to apply regulated product in accordance with § 10.1-104.2 and any regulations adopted pursuant thereto;

3. Agencies, localities, and political subdivisions of the Commonwealth that apply regulated product to nonagricultural land to ensure that supervisory personnel become trained and certified in nutrient management pursuant to the nutrient management training and certification program operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation pursuant to § 10.1-104.2;

4. Agencies, localities, and political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, and any employees and agents thereof, to apply regulated product in accordance with § 10.1-104.2 and any regulations adopted pursuant thereto;

5. A prohibition on the application of phosphorus to turfgrass without a soil test demonstrating the need for such application;

6. A prohibition on the application of nitrogen and phosphorus to parking lots, roadways, sidewalks, and other paved or impervious surfaces;

7. The establishment of standards for soil analysis techniques, equipment calibration, and the timing of the application; and

8. The establishment of reasonable fees to support the administration and enforcement of the regulations.

B. The Board may impose a civil penalty of up to $250 on any contractor-applicator or licensee who fails to comply with the regulations. The amount of the civil penalty shall be $250 for a first violation, $1000 for a second violation, and $2500 for any additional violation. All penalties assessed pursuant to this section shall be paid into the special fund established in § 3.2-3617.

C. The Board shall form a technical advisory committee of stakeholders. The Board shall consult with the technical advisory committee of stakeholders and the Department of Conservation and Recreation in the development of the regulations.

D. Contractor-applicators and licensees who apply any regulated product to nonagricultural lands shall comply with the regulations within 12 months of the effective date of the regulations.

§ 3.2-3610. Statistical reports.

A. For commercial fertilizer:

1. Any person distributing or selling commercial fertilizer to a nonlicensee shall furnish the Commissioner a monthly an annual report showing:

a. The county or city of the nonlicensee consignee;

b. The amounts (expressed in tons, or decimal portions) of each grade of fertilizer; and

c. The form in which the person distributed the fertilizer (e.g., in bags, bulk, or in liquid form).

2. Persons applying commercial fertilizer shall furnish the Commissioner with an annual report providing information deemed by the Commissioner to be necessary for the implementation of the total maximum daily load for the Chesapeake Bay or any other waters of the Commonwealth. Such reports shall include the total acreage receiving nitrogen and phosphorus, by county or city, in accordance with any nutrient management standards and criteria developed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

3. This information shall be submitted in the following form and shall specify shipments made during the preceding month year on or before February 1:

a. For applicators, a summary report on a form prescribed by the Commissioner that includes the information described in subdivision A 2;

Ab. For distributors and sellers, a summary report on a form prescribed by the Commissioner, on or before the 20th day of each month that includes information described in subdivision A 2; or

b. Aa summary report by electronic transfer, utilizing the Uniform Fertilizer Tonnage Reporting System. Prior to using the electronic transfer method, the person responsible for submitting the monthly annual tonnage report shall make arrangements with the Commissioner for the Commissioner's receipt of the report by such method.

3.4. If the monthly annual report is not filed by within 15 days after the due date, a late fee of $35 $250 shall be assessed against the licensee or applicator.

B. For all other regulated products:

1. The person distributing or selling such products to a nonlicensee shall furnish the Commissioner an annual report showing:

a. The county or city of the nonlicensee consignee; and

b. The amounts (expressed in tons, or decimal portions) of each grade under a given brand of product.

2. Any person listed in subdivision B 1 who fails to file this report by August 1 shall pay a late fee of $35 to the Commissioner.

§ 3.2-3611. Labeling.

A. The manufacturer or guarantor of any regulated product distributed in the Commonwealth shall affix a label to the container or provide an invoice at the time of delivery for a bulk regulated product that states in clear, legible and conspicuous form, in the English language, the following information:

1. The quantity statement;

2. The grade under a given brand. The grade shall not be required when no primary nutrients are claimed;

3. The guaranteed analysis, which shall:

a. For fertilizers, conform to the following, with the percentage of each plant nutrient stated as follows:

(1) Total Nitrogen (N) .......... %

Available Phosphate (P205) .......... %

Soluble Potash (K20) .......... %

(2) For unacidulated mineral phosphate materials and basic slag, bone, tankage, and other organic phosphate materials, the available phosphate (P205), or the degree of fineness, or both, may also be guaranteed;

(3) Guarantees for plant nutrients other than nitrogen (N), phosphate (P205), and potash (K20) shall be expressed in the form of the element. A statement of the sources of nutrients including oxides, salt, and chelates, may be required on the application for registration of specialty fertilizers, and may be included as a parenthetical statement on the label. Degree of acidity or alkalinity (pH), beneficial substances, or compounds determinable by laboratory methods also may be guaranteed by permission of the Commissioner and with the advice of the Director of the Virginia Experiment Station. When any degree of acidity or alkalinity (pH), beneficial substances, or compounds are guaranteed, they shall be subject to inspection and analysis in accord with the methods and regulations prescribed by the Board;

b. For soil amendments, consist of a list of ingredients, and may include a statement of naturally occurring nutrient levels;

c. For soil conditioners, including polyelectrolytes, contain the following information in the following form:

(1) Name of active ingredient .......... %

(name and list all)

(2) Total other ingredients .......... %

d. For horticultural growing media, include a list of ingredients and other guarantees as required by regulation;

e. When compost derived from sewage sludge, hazardous materials, unrendered animals or poultry or their parts, or other source material specified in regulations established by the Board is used as an ingredient, identify the source material of the compost; and

f. The following statement must be affixed to all bags of turf fertilizer, and for bulk sales of turf fertilizer, the following statement must be clearly visible on the invoice: ?Do not apply near water, storm drains or drainage ditches. Do not apply if heavy rain is expected. Apply this product only to your lawn or garden, and sweep any product that lands on the driveway, sidewalk, or street, back onto your lawn or garden.?; and

g. Include a list of such other ingredients as may be required by the Board through regulation.

4. The name and address of the registrant or licensee.

B. A commercial fertilizer that is formulated according to specifications provided by a consumer prior to mixing, or any fertilizer formulated for a consumer, shall be labeled to show: (i) the quantity statement; (ii) the guaranteed analysis; and (iii) the name and address of the distributor or the licensee.

C. For horticultural growing media, a statement of added fertilizers, if any, shall be listed on the registration document and customer sales invoice.

§ 3.2-3611.1 Point-of-sale restrictions for lawn fertilizer or turf fertilizer; exemptions

A. No commercial entity shall:

1. Effective July 1, 2012, display for sale any fertilizer that is labeled "turf maintenance fertilizer" or otherwise described as a product intended for established turfgrass that contains more than zero percent phosphorus or other phosphorus-containing compound. Fertilizer containing greater than zero percent phosphorus or other phosphorus-containing compound may be sold in a manner that limits user access, such as product placements that require the assistance of sale personnel;

2. Effective July 1, 2012, sell any deicing agent containing urea or other forms of nitrogen or phosphorus intended for application to parking lots, roadways, and sidewalks or other paved surfaces;

3. Effective July 1, 2012, sell any fertilizer without prominently displaying at the site where fertilizers are sold, a sign that refers to the requirements of this section and describes the effects of excessive fertilizer application on state waters. A commercial entity shall be deemed to have complied with this requirement by displaying a sign consistent with a sample sign that the Department of Conservation and Recreation shall design and that the Department shall make available;

B. Any person who violates any provision of this section may be assessed a civil penalty by the Board not to exceed $250 per violation per day. The penalty shall not exceed a total of $2,500 for a 365-day period. The amount of any civil penalty shall be paid into the Feed, Lime, Fertilizer, and Animal Remedies Fund established pursuant to § 3.2-3617.

C. The prohibitions on the sale of lawn fertilizer or turf fertilizer under subsection A shall not apply to the following:

1. Fertilizer sold for newly established turfgrass areas;

2. Fertilizer sold for turfgrass areas where soil tests performed within the three years preceding the sale confirm that the phosphorus levels indicate the need for phosphorus fertilizer applications;

3. Fertilizer sold for gardens, including vegetable and flower, trees, and shrubs, and indoor applications, including greenhouses;

4. Fertilizer that consists of manipulated animal or vegetable manure that includes no more than 0.25 pounds of phosphorus per 1,000 square feet when applied pursuant to the instructions on the container; and

5. Yard waste compost or other similar materials that are primarily organic in nature and are applied to improve the physical condition of the soil.

2.  That the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall provide, no later than December 15, 2011, a report concerning the use of slowly-available nitrogen in fertilizer material to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources and the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources. Such report shall review (i) an assessment of the most effective means to encourage the use of slowly-available nitrogen in fertilizers, (ii) the most appropriate percentages of slowly-available nitrogen to be included in fertilizers, and (iii) other issues related to the use of slowly-available nitrogen in fertilizers. The Department shall consult with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and, at its discretion, may convene a technical advisory committee of stakeholders concerning the development and content of the report.