AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine agriculture officials have launched a Web site where landowners can register to be notified before large-scale pesticide spraying operations commence on lands at least a quarter mile away.

A new law that went into effect Saturday provides a public registry to allow interested parties to receive notification about outdoor pesticide applications made by airplanes, helicopters, mist blowers or air-blast sprayers.

The law gives the Maine Board of Pesticides Control the responsibility for developing and maintaining the registry. The law says anyone on the registry located within a quarter mile of an area being sprayed will have to be notified at least 24 hours, but not more than seven days, before pesticide application by air or air-assisted equipment.

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On the Net:

Board of Pesticides Control: www.thinkfirstspraylast.org

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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