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Pesticide News Story: EPA Applicator Certification Card Required to Purchase and/or Apply Restricted Use Pesticides in Navajo Indian Country

For Release: June 15, 2007

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a federal program to certify those who intend to purchase and/or apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) in Navajo Indian Country. Beginning October 11, 2007, any person who intends to purchase and/or apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) in Navajo Indian Country must hold a valid "U.S. EPA Certified Pesticide Applicator in Navajo Indian Country" card. Failure to hold the appropriate certification after October 11, 2007, may result in federal enforcement action in accordance with section 12(a)(2)(F) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

To obtain a valid applicator certification card by the October 11, 2007, deadline, anyone intending to purchase and/or apply restricted use pesticides in Navajo Indian Country must complete EPA-Form 8500-17-N and submit it to EPA Region 9. The form and instructions to apply for the applicator certification card are available at http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/safety/applicators/applicators.htm.  The Federal Register notice announcing the implementation of the federal program, published June 13, 2007, is available on the Web site.  

An RUP is a pesticide that may generally cause, without additional regulatory restrictions, unreasonable adverse effects to human health and/or the environment.  The additional regulatory restriction is a requirement for purchasers and users of the product to be certified as competent, or to apply the product under the supervision of a certified applicator.  The Navajo Nation is the largest Indian reservation in the United States, comprising about 16 million acres, or about 25,000 square miles, and located in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.

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