Neb. lawmakers review oversight of crop dusters

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 4:03 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker wants to put the Department of Aeronautics and Federal Aviation Administration in charge of handling complaints against crop-dusters, but some in the agriculture industry question whether that's the correct approach.

The Legislature's Agriculture Committee held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss which state agency should oversee aerial pesticide sprayers, and also how to fine pilots and companies who violate the state's pesticide laws.

Current law requires the Department of Agriculture to settle complaints, but Omaha Sen. Bob Krist says the agency takes too long. Krist says complaints should be settled within 90 days.

Krist says the Department of Agriculture lacks expertise in federal aviation standards, while the Nebraska Aviation Trade Association says the Department of Aeronautics doesn't have the expertise either.

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The bill is LB15.

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