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Soil Fumigant Buffer Zones and Tarps

Current as of April 2013

Updated soil fumigant product labels require fumigant users to establish a buffer zone around treated fields to reduce risks to bystanders. This page includes information that may be useful in planning and conducting soil fumigant applications using buffer zones.

Fact Sheets:

These fact sheets summarize EPA’s buffer zone requirements.

Tarps:

Tarps may reduce the size of buffer zones or are required for applications of products that contain dimethyl disulfide (DMDS).

Calculating Buffer Zones:

Buffer Zone Sign Template

Buffer zone signs are available where applicators purchase their products. This EPA template can also be used to meet buffer zone posting requirements.

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