EPA Provides Notice to Pesticide Producers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is notifying businesses that produce pesticides to file annual pesticide production reports as of March 1, 2008. This pesticide information will provide EPA a reliable source of production volume and location of pesticide products.

"The mission and goal of EPA Region 7's Toxics and Pesticides Branch is to ensure that the production, sales, distribution, or use of pesticides is in compliance with all applicable requirements and is protective of human health and the environment," said John B. Askew, Region 7 administrator. This regional office is based in Kansas City, Kan.

The following information for each pesticide produced is required to be filed in the annual reports: types and amounts produced in the past calendar year; types and amounts sold or distributed in the past calendar year, regardless of when the product was produced; and an estimate of the amount expected to be produced in the current year.

The Toxics and Pesticides Branch is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) through a balanced approach of providing compliance incentives and assistance as well as taking appropriate enforcement actions, which may include penalties. FIFRA includes provisions requiring all businesses that produce pesticides, including repackaging and re-labeling containers, to be registered by EPA.

To access the reporting form, visit http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/monitoring/fifra/estabreport.pdf.

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