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Pesticide News Story: EPA Criteria for IR-4 Public Interest Finding Now Available on the Web

For Release: March 21, 2013

The EPA has posted the criteria that it will use in determining when a pesticide registration application will be exempt from paying the registration service fee under the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act (PRIA 3). Under PRIA 3, pesticide registration applications that are solely associated with a tolerance petition submitted in connection with the Interregional Research Project No. 4 and is in the public interest is exempt from registration service fees.

Factors for IR-4 Public Interest Findings are available at: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/fees/questions/factors-for-public-interest-finding.pdf.

The IR-4 program is a cooperative government and industry effort administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, the land grant university system, the EPA, the agrochemical industry, commodity groups and growers. The research and development, registration, production, and marketing of crop protection products for minor/specialty crops can be cost prohibitive due to the smaller market base and limited sales potential. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products can be developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. For more information on the IR-4 program, visit http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/ir4minorcroppestmanagement.cfm.

PRIA 3 reauthorized the Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act of 2007 (PRIA 2) for five more years, until 2017. PRIA established pesticide registration service fees and prescribed decision review times for various types of registration action. The goal is to create a more predictable evaluation process for affected pesticide decisions, and couple the collection of individual fees with specific decision review periods.

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