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Pesticide News Story: Proposed Pesticide Applicator Certification Plan Will Advance Human Health and Environmental Protection on Tribal Land Located in Region 8

For Release: April 26, 2011

In an April 20, 2011, Federal Register notice, EPA is announcing and soliciting comments on a federal program to certify applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) in Indian country located within EPA Region 8 where no other EPA-approved or federal certification plan applies. RUPs are potentially hazardous chemicals that require special training and techniques to be used safely. Federal law requires EPA-approved certification of RUP applicators nationally, including in Indian country. Most of Indian country is not covered by a certification mechanism. EPA’s Proposed Federal Plan for Certification of Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides within Region 8 Indian country will help fill this gap in the certification of applicators of these hazardous chemicals and by ensuring that RUP applicators are competent to apply RUPs in Region 8 Indian country, thus providing greater protection for human health and the environment.

For more information on EPA’s restricted use pesticide certification program, please see our Web pages explaining the certification and training of pesticide applicators.

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