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EPA Launches New FIFRA Section 18 Emergency Exemption Online Training Resource

For Release: June 18, 2013

The EPA is announcing a new online training resource for the Section 18 Emergency Exemption Program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Section 18 of FIFRA authorizes the EPA to allow an unregistered use of a pesticide for a limited time if we determine that an emergency condition exists and risks from the proposed use are acceptable.

The primary goal of this online resource is to assist state and federal agencies in determining situations where it is appropriate to request a section 18 emergency exemption and, when doing so, how to submit a complete and accurate application to facilitate a timely and effective review by the EPA.

The multimedia resource focuses on the following four types of exemptions available under section 18 of FIFRA: specific, quarantine, public health and crisis. Highlights of the resource include:

The training was developed through the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program cooperative agreement with the University of California-Davis Extension, with funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on the new online tool, please contact Dea Zimmerman at zimmerman.dea@epa.gov. For information on section 18 exemptions, please contact Tawanda Maignan at maignan.tawanda@epa.gov.

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