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EPA Solicits Comments on Information Collection Activities Relating to Pesticide Drift Reduction Technologies

For Release: May 28, 2014

The EPA is continuing its efforts to collect information about application technologies that can reduce pesticide spray drift. Through a Federal Register Notice, we are requesting public input on the information collection activities for our Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) Program and announcing that the required Information Collection Request (ICR) has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget for approval.

The EPA is seeking voluntary submission of information to verify the effectiveness of application technologies for agricultural pesticide sprays, including spray nozzles, shrouds or shields, and drift reducing adjuvant chemicals for aerial or groundboom applications to row and field crops. Such information 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.

Use of some existing agricultural pesticide spray application equipment and related technologies can result in 1-10 percent of the applied spray drifting to down-wind areas (spray drift). Pesticide drift is a concern for the agricultural industry, regulatory authorities and the public.  It is in everyone’s interest to reduce pesticide drift: the applicator who wants to reduce waste of the pesticide product, the grower who wants the pesticide on the intended target and bystanders who want to avoid exposure to pesticides.

The ICR is required for the EPA to be able to collect information about application technologies. Once the ICR is approved, the voluntary DRT program will provide incentives to the agricultural sector (industry and pesticide applicators) to manufacture, market and use spray application technologies/equipment, that has been verified to significantly reduce pesticide spray drift.

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.

The ICR and supporting documents, including a protocol for testing technologies and a draft Web page, are available for public review and comment in docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0631 at www.regulations.gov. Comments are due by June 27, 2014 on the supporting materials.

For more information on pesticide drift, visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/spraydrift.htm

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