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Pesticide News Story:EPA Issues Pesticides Brochure Highlighting Work to Ensure Public Health and Environmental Protection in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages

For Release: October 7, 2009

As part of the new Administration’s agenda to protect tribes from pesticide exposure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA's) Office of Prevention Pesticides and Toxic Substances, released a brochure entitled, “The National Pesticide Tribal Program: Achieving Public Health and Environmental Protection in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages.”

The brochure has an introduction by the Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Steve Owens. It provides a snapshot of EPA’s work with tribes to attain the Agency's goal of helping protect human health and the environment by ensuring that pesticides and alternatives available in Indian country can be used according to label directions without causing unreasonable risks.

Highlights of the brochure include case studies submitted by several tribes about pesticide regulatory agency collaborations and how grants, technical assistance and outreach help tribes with their pesticide safety programs which include the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools and in enforcement and compliance programs.

The report is available for download at the EPA Web site. Copies will soon be available from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications by telephone at 1-800-490-9198, by fax at 1-513-489-8695 or online. When ordering, please be sure to note the document title and publication number, EPA-735-F-09-007. By mail, write to U.S. EPA/NSCEP, P.O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242-0419.

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