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Environmental laws will not be effective unless facilities comply. Pesticides are regulated under several laws, primarily the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) which authorizes EPA to oversee the registration, distribution, sale, and use of pesticides. The Act applies to all types of pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, and antimicrobials. EPA works to assure compliance with federal environmental laws.

Individuals applying pesticides must do so in a manner not only consistent with federal laws, but also consistent with state laws and regulations which differ from state to state. In general, states have primary authority for compliance monitoring and enforcing against use of pesticides in violation of the labeling requirements. Additionally, the agency with primary responsibility for pesticides differs from state to state. Usually it is a state's department of agriculture, but may be a state's environmental agency or other agency.

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Tips and Complaints - Reporting an Environmental Violation: We appreciate your assistance and concern about the protection of the environment. Although most environmental violations are handled by your state environmental office, tips or complaints provided through this web site will be reviewed by the Regional EPA office responsible for your area for further action.

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