Report Pesticide Drift
If you suspect pesticide drift, it is VERY important to report the incident to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Every pesticide incident that goes unreported is an incident that never happened in the official statistics for the State of Illinois.
We at SDEN understand the difficulty in filing an official complaint but taking action is the only way to stop pesticide drift from happening in the future.
To file a complaint:
Fill out the Pesticide Incident Complaint Form provided by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA). Forms can be mailed to you by contacting IDOA at 1-800-641-3934.
Make a copy of the form and mail it to:
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Environmental Programs
P O Box 19281
Springfield, IL 62794-9281
Or fax the form to (217)524-4882
Complaints must be received by IDOA within 30 days of the incident or within 30 days of when the damage was first noticed.
Keep detailed notes of every conversation, phone calls and correspondence concerning your pesticide drift incident.
1. An IDOA inspector will contact you and most likely make an appointment to visit the location of the drift incident.
2. Inspector will view your suspected damage, interview neighbors, research log reports of pesticide spraying, take samples and write a report for IDOA. The inspector will leave with you a signed copy of a Notice of Inspection. Insist inspector take samples of property you suspect received the drift even if inspector does not want to take samples.
3. Wait for IDOA to complete the investigation. (This can take weeks or months.)
4. IDOA will send you a letter notifying you of their findings – i.e., there was, or was not, pesticide drift on your property.
5. IMPORTANT*- Request a copy of the complaint investigation file by sending a written request addressed to the: Freedom of Information Office Illinois Department of Agriculture State Fairgrounds, P. O. Box 19281 Springfield, IL 62794-9281
*IDOA destroys case files after an undisclosed amount of time. Request a copy of the completed investigation no than 4 weeks after receiving your notification letter.
Drift Between Neighbors
Pesticide drift is not something you are expected to tolerate or ignore even if you live, work, drive or recreate near or around an agricultural area. It is a violation of the Illinois Pesticide Act if pesticides move off the target area.
The first and most important step to stopping and preventing future pesticide drift is to file the Pesticide Incident Complaint Form with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.