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NTC EPA REQUIRING NEW INFORMATION FROM MANUFACTURERS ON HARMFUL HUMAN EXPOSURE TO PESTICIDES
Release Date: 09/18/97
FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1997
EPA REQUIRING NEW INFORMATION FROM MANUFACTURERS ON HARMFUL HUMAN EXPOSURE TO PESTICIDES
EPA is strengthening its reporting requirements under which manufacturers disclose information to the Agency about unreasonable adverse effects of their products on human health or the environment. EPA will use this information to better protect public health and the environment from the potential hazards of pesticide products.
“The reporting of adverse effects of pesticide products by manufacturers is critical to EPA’s efforts to protect public health,” said Lynn Goldman, EPA Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. “EPA will work with the pesticide industry to ensure compliance with these updated reporting requirements.”
In addition to information on adverse health effects presently required, the new reporting rule requires pesticide manufacturers, for the first time, to provide EPA with information about:
- pesticides found in food above approved levels,
- pesticides detected in surface, ground and drinking water above safety standards, - newly identified types of ingredients which may be of toxicological or environmental concern,
- specific details about incidents causing adverse effects, and
- occurrence of products no longer effective because of resistance developed by the pests.
The rule streamlines the reporting process for both registrants and the Agency by requiring only quarterly summaries for relatively common or less serious incidents, such as minor skin or eye irritation already warned of on product labels, or very low levels of water contamination.
The new reporting requirements, under section 6(a)(2) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, take effect nine months after publication of the rule in the Federal Register, which is expected during the week of Sept. 15. In the interim, EPA will assist the industry in understanding and complying with the new information. A copy of the Federal Register notice will be available on the Internet at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/epa-pest/l997/sept.