HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has added Dauphin County to the list of counties under quarantine regarding the Spotted Lanternfly.
Dauphin County joins Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill Counties on the list of quarantined areas.
Any commercial vehicle that makes any stop in this area must have an orange spotted lanternfly permit from the Department of Agriculture or the corresponding temporary paperwork. Without the permit, drivers are subject to fines and a citation.
While the quarantine has been in effect for more than four years, the agriculture department made major changes to the program in May of 2018 by instituting the use of a permit system. The permits replace the compliance program that was previously in place and is designed to be easier for organizations to acquiesce as well as easier for the state to enforce.
The Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania State Police are joining forces beginning this May to amp up their enforcement of the quarantine. They will be setting up checkpoints around the quarantined area to ensure that the proper permits are on board.
The permits are free to obtain. An owner, manager, supervisor or other designated employee must complete the online course (accessible at extension.psu.edu/slf-permit) and then disseminate that information to all drivers. After the online course is passed, a printable certificate will be available and that will suffice as a permit until the physical stickers or window hangs arrive in the mail. The shipping process may take two to three weeks.
Organizations may request as many permits as they need once the online course is passed.
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