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EPA Proposes Rule on Minimum Risk 25(b) Pesticide Labels and Ingredient Lists
(January 2013)

EPA has proposed a new rule to more clearly distinguish and identify active and inert ingredients permitted in Minimum Risk 25(b) products. EPA is recommending the addition of chemical identifiers to ingredient lists so that it is more transparent to manufacturers, public, and federal and state inspectors which ingredients are acceptable in minimum risk products. Additionally, EPA is proposing to modify label requirements on minimum risk pesticides.

Currently, the chemical names on exempt labels are obtained from a variety of sources such as Chemical Abstract Services (CAS) nomenclature, informal or lay terminology and Latin plant name derivatives. In turn, this causes confusion for inspectors and the public who may not be aware of the multiple names for a single chemical. Therefore, EPA is recommending that labels of exempt products 1) include the use of a “Label Display Name,” which would be a specific common chemical name as determined by CAS and contain specifications in the list of ingredients to ease the burden on state regulators and 2) include company name and contact information.

EPA is hoping these proposed changes will maintain the availability of minimum risk pesticide products, while providing more consistent information for consumers, clearer regulations for producers, and easier identification by states and EPA to ensure the product is in compliance with the exemption. EPA has opened a public comment period on the proposed rule until April 1, 2013. Please submit all comments and relevant material marked Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0305 on the website
http://www.regulations.gov or by mail to both:

OPP Docket
Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W
Washington, DC 204600

And

ATTN: Desk Officer for EPA
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Office of Management and Budget
725 17th St.
NW Washington, DC 20503

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