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Enforcement in New England

Pesticides Enforcement Program

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a partner with state governments in the regulation of pesticides. State agencies have primary responsibility for regulating the use of pesticides, having entered into cooperative agreements with EPA to receive federal funding in exchange for conducting inspections and training and certifying applicators. The EPA New England Office maintains an oversight role for these cooperative agreements, but the primary authority for most compliance and enforcement actions regarding the use of pesticides rests with the states themselves. EPA retains full authority over non-use related pesticide issues.

In addition to our state oversight role, EPA New England is responsible for conducting compliance monitoring for Section 7 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) which requires that all establishments that produce pesticides, including repackaging and re-labeling containers, must be registered by EPA. That is done by Regional Offices. Once the establishment is registered, all producers must submit annual production data to EPA, on or before March 1st of the next calendar year. For more information on this topic, check EPA's website on Pesticides Establishment Registration and Reporting.

Questions concerning specific state issues such as the requirements for sale and use of pesticides within a particular state should be directed to the State Lead Agency (SLA) for pesticide control.

Questions concerning the federal registration status of pesticides should be directed to EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C..

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