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EPA Seeks Comment on Petition for Bilingual Pesticide Labels

Apr 22 2011 EPA/Federal Agency | Comments Off on EPA Seeks Comment on Petition for Bilingual Pesticide Labels

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EPA has received a petition from the Migrant Clinicians Network, Farmworker Justice, and other farm worker interest groups asking the Agency to require that manufacturers to make their pesticide product labels available in both English and Spanish. EPA is seeking public comment from all interested groups and members of the public before responding to the petition.

How to Comment

EPA is accepting comment on the petition until June 28, 2011. Responses to the questions below would be especially useful. The petition and EPA?s March 30, 2011 Federal Register notice announcing it are available in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0014 at Regulations.gov.

Please submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0014, by one of the following methods:

Federal Rulemaking Portal: Regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001.

Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket?s normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). The Docket facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

For more information on the petition or to view the specific questions for comments, use the link below.
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ regulating/labels/biling ual-pesticide-labels.html

Background

At present, EPA allows pesticide manufacturers to add labeling in other languages, in addition to providing pesticide product labels in English. For agricultural products subject to the Worker Protection Standard, EPA requires that certain parts of the pesticide label include words or phrases in Spanish. In response to the petition request, EPA is considering whether to more broadly require bilingual labeling in English and in Spanish for more or all pesticide products. The Agency would like to receive public comment on the potential benefits and costs or disadvantages of a bilingual pesticide labeling requirement, and on the potential scope of such a requirement. Some options regarding the potential scope include requiring bilingual labeling for:

  • Certain types of pesticides
  • Certain use sites
  • Products containing certain active ingredients
  • Products in particular acute toxicity categories
  • Certain parts of pesticide labels