Spotted lantern fly permits are supposed to control the destructive pests, but not all pa. Companies adhere to it
Following inspections in western Pennsylvania that violated more than half of the companies with spotted lantern fly permits, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will focus its next round of inspections on companies in Counties of Cumberland and York.
The department announced that corporate inspections in the two central Pennsylvania counties will begin on October 25th.
“We have long said that companies are an important part of the fight against the spotted lantern fly and should protect it with a permit,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “With a spotted lanternfly business permit and a well-trained workforce, we can stop this threat while keeping business and commerce moving, and protecting trade and consumers.”
The department began acquiring businesses in the 34 counties of Pennsylvania in July that were quarantined because of the pest. Blair County was the first to be promoted, followed by Lackawanna Counties in August and Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland Counties in September.
The most recent enlistment in West Pennsylvania included 100 site visits, 58 of which received indications of non-compliance. Those who have been notified of the non-compliance have 30 days before they can be fined.
Companies operating or doing business in quarantine counties must obtain a free permit that comes with the responsibility of maintaining a trained, dedicated workforce. The permits apply to companies that move products or vehicles within or out of the quarantine zone and are intended to control the spread of the pests.
Violations of the permit requirements will result in fines of up to $ 300 per violation plus associated legal fees.
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According to the department, the spotted lantern fly business permit and inspection program aims to raise awareness of the value of quarantine compliance measures that are helping to slow the spread of this invasive pest.
Spotted lantern flies, native to Asia, were first found in Berks County in 2014 and have since quarantined 34 counties in Pennsylvania as well as counties in several other states.
In Pennsylvania, a Spotted Lanternfly Business Toolkit was created to help companies figure out why the Spotted Lanternfly is bad, how the quarantine works, whether they need a permit, and what their responsibilities are in having a permit.
Please visit the Spotted Lantern Department website for more information.
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