WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 12 that it is finalizing standards for
applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides that are not available for
purchase by the general public and require special handling.
“We are committed to keeping our
communities safe, protecting our environment and protecting workers and their
families,” said Jim Jones, EPA assistant administrator for the
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “By
improving training and certification, those who apply these restricted use
pesticides will have better knowledge and ability to use these pesticides
The EPA's action should reduce harm that comes
from the pesticide misapplication that occurs when pesticides are used by
someone other than a certified applicator or by someone working under their direct
supervision. The EPA plans to enforce stricter requirements for applicators, including
that those certified be at least 18. Pesticide certification tests
will also need to be taken every five years.
Expected benefits of the stricter rules include fewer acute
pesticide incidents to people, reduced chronic exposure and reduced incidents
of ecological harm from pesticide use.