EPA wants tougher ‘restricted-use’ standards

August 10, 2015 -  By

us_epa_150x135The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides.

The agency will accept public comments on the proposed rule for 90 days at regulations.gov under docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183 once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register.

EPA said the goal is to reduce the likelihood of harm from the misapplication of pesticides and ensure a consistent level of protection among states.

“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 safely.”

Among other changes, EPA is proposing to require all people who apply restricted use pesticides to be at least 18 years old and training for those working under the supervision of certified applicators. Also, Certifications would have to be renewed every three years.

LM Staff

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  1. David Chamberlain says:

    In Florida, and I assume that it’s this way in other states as well, the pest control industry has the state laws wrapped up and written to be onlyin their favor. Only they are allowed to treat lawn and grass areas as well as parks and cemeteries with either herbicides or insecticides. The only license a lawn maintenance or landscaping business can get is very limited, restricting individual license holders to applying pesticides to ornamental or flowerbed areas only. Whereas, a pest control company gets an umbrella license for the company and in turn can train employees in house and they are then permitted to treat lawns, turf, landscaping, around and inside the dwelling, buildings, what have you. Plus, pest control companies are eligible to get licensed for parks and cemeteries, whereas the limited license category doesn’t allow lawn maintenance and landscaping businesses to get licensed at all to treat these areas.

    Pest control businesses are allowed to advertise their services as providing “Lawn Maintenance”, such as in the phone book and online, however, REAL lawn maintenance providers are not allowed to advertise any of their services as pest control, unless you specifically state that said pest control is restricted to flowerbed areas and cracks in pavement.

    Landscapers and such are required by law to contract with pest control companies in order to get lawn areas treated for ANYTHING, except pure fertilizer.

    This is unfair business practices, yet the pest control industry through their industry associations are far more organized and lobby the politicians far more than landscapers and lawn maintenance businesses.