- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The new instructions are meant specifically to prohibit drift. Also, on a pesticide-by-pesticide basis, the EPA will evaluate scientific information on risk and exposure based on individual product use patterns. These assessments will help the agency determine whether no-spray buffer zones or other measures – such as restrictions on droplet or particle size, nozzle height, or weather conditions – are needed.
In addition to the draft notice on pesticide-drift labeling, the EPA is seeking comment on a draft pesticide drift labeling interpretation document that provides guidance to state and tribal enforcement officials. A second document provides background information on pesticide drift, a description of current and planned EPA actions, a reader's guide explaining key terms and concepts, and specific questions on which the agency is seeking input. These documents and further information are available in docket EPA–HQ–OPP–2009–0628 at http://www.regulations.gov.
"The new label statements will help reduce problems from pesticide drift," said Steve Owens, the assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. "The new labels will carry more uniform and specific directions on restricting spray drift while giving pesticide applicators clear and workable instructions."
In a second Federal Register notice, the EPA also requested comment on a petition filed recently by environmental and farm worker organizations. The petitioners ask the EPA to evaluate children's exposure to pesticide drift and to adopt, on an interim basis, requirements for "no-spray" buffer zones near homes, schools, day-care centers, and parks. The EPA said it will evaluate this new petition and take whatever action may be appropriate after the evaluation is complete. For further information and to submit comments, see docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0825 at www.regulations.gov.