Emergency Permit for Blue Diamond Growers to Treat Spent Aluminum and Magnesium Phosphide Pesticide Residues


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Toxic Substances Control, Department of (Department of Toxic Substances Control)
Document Title
Emergency Permit for Blue Diamond Growers to Treat Spent Aluminum and Magnesium Phosphide Pesticide Residues
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Blue Diamond Growers (BDG) fumigates its nut products with pesticides containing the active ingredients aluminum phosphide and magnesium phosphide. These products come in several physical forms (pellets, pouches, chains, ropes, sachets, etc.) but the active ingredients are similar in each. The fumigation is conducted in enclosed structures such as warehouses, storage bins and silos; these structure are tightly sealed during the fumigation. When the fumigation is complete, the spent pesticide residues are removed from the warehouse, bin or silo. BDG has a small waste management unit at its facility in Sacramento where it manages aluminum and magnesium phosphide pesticide residues. DTSC is issuing an emergency permit as interim authorization to store and treat these wastes, while a permanent regulatory or statutory means of authorization is identified.

Contact Information
Jan Smith
Department of Toxic Substances Control
1001 I Street, 11th floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 324-0705


Other Location Info
1802 C Street, Sacramento

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CCR, Sec. 15308
Reasons for Exemption
For public safety reasons and to minimize exposure of the BDG employees and the public to the hazards posed by the partially-spent waste aluminum and magnesium phosphide pesticide residues, it is essential that BDG be able to, on an ongoing basis, immediately place these hazardous wastes into the deactivation treatment process. Expeditious management of the pesticide wastes at BDG is an essential part of the overall use of the fumigant.

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