Pesticide News

for 2016

Register for October 18 Webinar on Managing Bats Effectively in Your School District

On  Tuesday, October 18 , EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM will offer a webinar titled Pest Control Should Not Drive You Batty: How to Manage Bats Effectively in Your School District. Bats are one of nature’s best insect predators, often eating thousands of mosquitoes and other insect pests in just one night. However, their helpful ways are quickly forgotten when they find their way into school buildings. 

What are the health issues associated with bats, the legal considerations surrounding their removal, and proven tactics to prevent and manage them?

Join bat specialists from Cornell University and Bat Conservation International as they discuss the positive contributions bats make to the environment as well as the risks they present to students, faculty, and staff at schools. Learn how to best handle bat/human conflicts, relocate invading bats, properly clean up bat droppings, and prevent future incursions into school buildings.

Two school facility managers will also share the challenges bats have presented in their districts and the steps they took to maintain a healthy learning environment for their students.

Featured presenters will be:

  • John Hermanson, Ph.D., Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University
  • Dianne Odegard, Education & Public Outreach Manager, Bat Conservation International
  • Ricardo Zubiate, Assistant Director Facility Services, Salt Lake City (Utah) School District
  • Jeremy Theriot, Energy Coordinator, Ascension (Louisiana) Public Schools

This webinar is one in a series of EPA presentations offering information on IPM to help school districts adopt a proactive approach to pest control. Our IPM webinar series has already reached more than 3,000 school personnel, representing more than 25 million students across the country. IPM is a smart, sensible, and sustainable approach to managing pests that takes action to address the underlying causes that enable pests to thrive.

Upcoming webinars include:

  • Developing an IPM Plan for Your School –  November 15, 2016
  • Managing Cockroaches in Schools –  December 13, 2016
  • Pests of Public Health Importance in Schools –  January 24, 2017
  • Learn more about managing pests in schools
  • Watch these videos from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation on IPM in schools

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EPA Guidance on How to Comply with the Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides

Today, EPA in conjunction with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) is making available a guide to help users of agricultural pesticides comply with the requirements of the 2015 revised federal Worker Protection Standard. You should read this manual if you employ agricultural workers or handlers, are involved in the production of agricultural plants as an owner/manager of an agricultural establishment or a commercial (for-hire) pesticide handling establishment, or work as a crop advisor.

This “How to Comply” manual includes:

  • details to help you determine if the WPS requirements apply to you;
  • information on how to comply with the WPS requirements, including exceptions, restrictions, exemptions, options, and examples;
  • “Quick Reference Guide”- a list of the basic requirements (excluding exemptions, exceptions, etc.);
  • new or revised definitions that may affect your WPS responsibilities; and
  • explanations to help you better understand the WPS requirements and how they may apply to you. 

This updated 2016 WPS How to Comply Manual supersedes the 2005 version. Changes to the standard have made the 2005 version obsolete. Read the -protection-standard-how-comply-manual" style="color: rgb(56, 100, 163);" target="_blank">Pesticide Worker Protection Standard “How to Comply” Manual.

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Comment Period for Sulfonylurea Herbicides Extended

EPA has re-opened the comment period on the proposed interim decision for 22 sulfonylurea herbicides. The comment period will be open until  November 14, 2016 . To read this Federal Register notice, go to docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0774-0004 at www.regulations.gov. To submit comments, or access the docket, please follow the instructions provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document of July 14, 2016, available at EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0774-0003.

The sulfonylureas are an established and widely used class of agricultural pesticides used in the United States to control broadleaf and grassy weeds and registered for many agricultural and non-agricultural uses. The original comment period on the proposed interim decision opened on July 14, 2016, and comments received can be viewed in each chemical’s individual docket. This comment period is being re-opened in response to a number of extension requests from various stakeholders.

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The Center for Integrated Pest Management has launched the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship website. This site is designed for anyone who applies, sells, stores or disposes of pesticides. The website complements the work of Extension agents and Pesticide Safety Education Programs. It covers a wide variety of stewardship topics ranging from storage, handling and disposal, drift runoff and has an extensive section for Homeowners.

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