EPA PROPOSES CHANGES TO PESTICIDE CONTAINER RULE

News Date: 06/20/2008

       The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule on June 11 to amend pesticide container and containment regulations. The agency is proposing to change the regulations because stakeholders contacted the agency with significant concerns after the final rule titled "Pesticide Management and Disposal; Standards for Pesticide Containers and Containment" was published in 2006.
       The proposed amendment, which applies to all registrants, would provide a one-year extension of the labeling compliance date; change the phrase "sold or distributed" to "released for shipment" as associated with all compliance dates; provide for exceptions to the language requirements for some specific nonrefillable packages; allow for waivers of certain label requirements for other refillable and nonrefillable containers on a case-by-case basis; and correct typographical and other minor errors.  Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), about the proposed amendment and container regulations are available at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/containers.htm.  (Contact: Charlie Ingram)