EPA proposes one-year delay for pesticide applicators rule

Gives commenters very short time to submit feedback

Posted May 17, 2017

EPA wants to delay the start date of its final rule on the Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators for a year. EPA says it received feedback from states and stakeholders asking for more time and resources in order to comply with the rule. The extra year would give EPA time to work with states and provide adequate compliance and training materials.

EPA opened a very short window for comments – five days from its posting in the Federal Register. Submit comments on EPA’s proposed rule to extend the compliance date to docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183 at the Federal eRulemaking Portal on or before May 19, 2017. The agency says the abbreviated comment time period is necessary because the effective date of the rule is currently set for May 22, 2017.

The final rule would create stronger standards for people who apply restricted use pesticides (RUPs), which the agency says would reduce the likelihood of harm from the misapplication of these toxic chemicals. Further, pesticide use would be safer with increased supervision and oversight.

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