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Pesticide News Story: EPA Solicits Comments on Information Collection Activities Relating to Pesticide Drift-Reduction Technologies

For Release: November 21, 2012

The EPA is interested in collecting information about technologies that can reduce pesticide spray drift. The agency is seeking voluntary submission of information about the effectiveness of application technologies for agricultural pesticide sprays, including spray nozzles, shrouds and shields, and drift-reducing adjuvant chemicals used for aerial or groundboom applications to row and field crops.

The voluntary information collection program would encourage the identification and use of drift-reduction technologies that can substantially reduce drift of pesticide spray droplets from the target application site (e.g., a corn field) downwind to non-target areas. Exposures and adverse effects to humans, wildlife, crops and other vegetation from pesticide spray drift are well recognized.

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, before submitting a request for a new Information Collection Request to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval, the EPA is soliciting comments from potentially affected entities on specific aspects of the proposed information collection. Entities potentially affected by the voluntary collection activities under this ICR include pesticide application equipment manufacturers, chemical manufacturers, pesticide registrants, university researchers and others who have an interest in reducing spray drift.

Comments are due by January 22, 2013, on the supporting materials that are available under Docket ID# EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0631 at www.regulations.gov.

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