Pesticide News Story: EPA Publishes Final Rule to Extend Compliance Date for Pesticide Storage and Disposal Label Statements
For Release: October 8, 2010
In an October 8, 2010, Federal Register Notice, EPA announced a final rule that would provide an extension to the compliance date for pesticide storage and disposal label statements, from December 16, 2010 to Aug. 16, 2011. This action finalizes the June 15, 2010 proposed rule to extend the compliance date to August 16, 2011. The main drivers for this extension are that:
- more products than we anticipated needed alternative language for container-related instructions, requiring more review and implementation time; and
- registrants and registrant associations expressed concerns about being able to have all labels changed by the previous label compliance date of August 16, 2010.
While we estimate that the majority of label changes have already been submitted and approved, there could still be several thousand labels remaining to be submitted and reviewed.
Since the second quarter of 2010, EPA has been strongly encouraging pesticide registrants to immediately submit any remaining revised labels as soon as possible and definitely prior to the previous deadline of August 16, 2010. Any further delay in clear and complete label modification requests will make it difficult for EPA and States to carry out their label review activities by the new compliance deadline.
For more information, please see EPA’s pesticide container and containment Web page. The Federal Register Notice is available online under document ID number OPP-2005-0327-0125 at http://www.regulations.gov.