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Pesticides and Toxics | Compliance Assistance Resources

EPA's Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Compliance Assistance Web site provides information, documents, tools and links to material designed to ensure compliance with pesticide use, storage, disposal, labeling, and more.

EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Compliance Assistance Web site provides information, documents, tools, and links to material designed to ensure compliance with environmental requirements related to toxic releases.

Pesticide Resources
  Pesticide Inspections
Toxic Resources
  Toxics Inspections
  Disposal of Spent Laboratory Chemicals in Schools
  Lead-Based Paint
General Assistance Materials
  Compliance and Technical Assistance Training
  Compliance Assistance Centers
Selected Enforcement Guidance

Pesticide Resources

EPA's Pesticides Web site provides links to highlights and information concerning pesticides.

The National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center is the "first stop" for information about environmental requirements that affect the agricultural community. The Ag Center was created by EPA with the support of the Department of Agriculture.

EPA's Office of Pesticide Program's goal is to help tribes resolve pesticide issues regardless of whether they have an established pesticide program. To further that goal, OPP directly funds tribal program projects and provides EPA liaison to the Tribal Pesticide Program Council.

OPPT's Publications provides links to a number of publications about pollution prevention and toxics concerning the Tribal Environmental Network.

Tribal Pesticide Program Council is a tribal technical resource, program and policy dialogue, and development group, focused on pesticide issues and concerns. It is composed of authorized representatives from federally recognized tribes and Indian nations and intertribal organizations.

Guidance on Basic Elements of an EPA-Funded Tribal Pesticide Program describes basic elements for an EPA-funded tribal pesticide program. It is intended primarily for use by EPA regional staff as they provide assistance to tribes that are assessing their pesticide program needs, negotiating EPA/tribal cooperative agreements, and implementing pesticide programs where they are desired and needed.

National Pesticide Information Center Exit EPA Disclaimer provides information and related links.

OPP's Technical Tools and Models for pesticide programs.

OPPT Programs, Resources, and Grant Opportunities for Indian Tribes provides a link to the document that discusses grant opportunities for tribes.

Pesticide Action Network Pesticide Database Exit EPA Disclaimer Web site brings together a diverse array of information on pesticides from many different sources, including information on toxicity and regulations. The Web site is not peer reviewed.

National Pesticide Information Center Pesticide Fact Sheets Exit EPA Disclaimer (Pesticide Information Profiles). NPIC fact sheets are designed to answer questions that are commonly asked by the general public about pesticides and pesticide related topics. The Web site contains links to toxicity and active ingredient fact sheets, health information databases, environmental and chemical properties databases, product label and MSDS databases, statistics, and sites with additional technical information.

Through the CalEPA Department of Pesticide Regulation Web site, information on EPA's pesticide registration can be accessed from EPA databases. It is possible to look up the regulatory status of registered pesticides. A link is available to a pesticide label database where EPA-accepted pesticide labels can be viewed.

Pesticide Regulatory Education Program Exit EPA Disclaimer provides classroom and field instruction on the regulation of pesticides. Contact Suzanne Forsyth at (530) 757-8603 or John Ward at (312) 353-9510.

Pesticide Inspector Residential Training teaches inspectors how to conduct different types of pesticide inspections and offers tips and tools to instruct other inspectors. There are three courses:

Integrated Pest Management Information Service Exit EPA Disclaimer provides the opportunity to find, share, and develop effective, economical, and environmentally sound approaches for the management of vegetation and pests, primarily in non-agricultural resource settings.

Pesticide Inspections

EPA's Pesticides Web site offers information on conducting inspections at producing establishments, retailers, applicators, farms, and other sites involved in the sale or distribution of pesticides, worker protection standards, and more. This information includes inspection manuals and other guidance and provides a uniform framework for assuring compliance with pesticide laws and regulations in order to protect human health and the environment.

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Toxic Resources

EPA's Empowering Communities to Reduce Risks from Toxic Exposure (PDF) (22 pp, 72K, About PDF) helps communities understand and reduce the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals. Community Action for a Renewed Environment is offering communities financial and technical assistance to reduce the release of toxic pollutants and minimize exposure to them.

National Institutes of Health: Toxics on the Web provides an introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday places.

The Forum on State and Tribal Toxics Action is a partnership between EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and state and tribal leaders to increase understanding and improve collaboration on toxics and pollution prevention issues among the states, tribes, and EPA.

Toxics Inspections

EPA's Toxic Substances Compliance Monitoring Web site offers information on conducting inspections involving lead-based paint, asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and more. This information, including inspection manuals and other guidance, provides a uniform framework for assuring compliance with toxic substances laws and regulations in order to protect human health and the environment.

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Disposal of Spent Laboratory Chemicals in Schools

EPA's Chemical Use and Management Web site provides information on the types of chemicals that are used in classrooms and in facility maintenance operations, and suggests thoughtful chemical purchasing and proper chemical use and management (storage, labeling, disposal) for reducing chemical exposures and accidents.

NLM's Tox Town provides an introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Chemicals in Your Community: A Guide to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act explains a community's rights and opportunities under EPCRA. The guide includes a section on tribes and their roles and responsibilities under EPCRA.

Lead-Based Paint

How Mother Bear Taught the Children about Lead is an educational activity book on lead based-paint prevention. Designed for Native American Children in grades 3-4, the activity book teaches children to protect themselves and their siblings.

Little Moccasins - A Lead Poisoning Prevention Manual for Tribal Day Cares and Families is a part of EPA's First Steps Program. Contact Phillip Quint with the Lead-Housing-Sanitation Director, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians at (207) 532-7260.

EPA's Training, Certification, and Accreditation Web site provides training courses regarding lead-safe work practices during building renovation, remodeling, rehabilitation, maintenance, sampling/evaluation, and abatement.

EPA's Lead Awareness Program designs outreach activities and educational materials, awards grants, and manages a toll-free hotline to help parents, home owners, and lead professionals learn what they can do to protect their families from the dangers of lead.

Federal lead-based paint Rules and Regulations Web site provides links to regulations related to lead found in paint, dust, and soil.

The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention. Call (800) 424-LEAD (5323).

EPA's Regional Lead Coordinators oversee the development of lead-poisoning prevention efforts and coordination with tribes, states, and local governments.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control brings together health and housing professionals to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in privately-owned and low-income housing.

The Occupational Health and Safety Organization's Lead Web site provides links and information concerning lead in the workplace.

Healthy Schools Network, Inc. is a national not for profit organization, centered on children's environmental health.

National Safety Council Exit EPA Disclaimer provides comprehensive information about lead based paint.

Certified Environmental Registry and Tracking System supports a free database about lead inspections. The system tracks licenses, training, citations, violations, and blood lead levels. The system also can be used to track asbestos, radon, and information about the licensing of pesticides applicators. Contact James Bryson (bryson.james@epa.gov), Region 1, at (617) 565-3836.

Children and the Hazards of Lead-Based Paint in Tribal Communities provides background material on issues related to lead-based paint. It describes the risks that lead-based paint poses to children, explains how children can be tested for exposure to lead, highlights steps that can be taken to avoid lead poisoning, and lists the names and telephone numbers of organizations that can assist tribes address lead-based paint issues. Contact Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. at (602) 248-0071.

Comprehensive Home Inspection for Lead Detection provides a free software program for tracking children affected by lead poisoning and the homes in which they live. Using the software, tribes can produce a list of all residents who have high lead blood levels and the homes in which they live. Contact James Bryson (bryson.james@epa.gov), Region 1 at (617) 565-3836.

Computerized Lead Auditing Support System is a free auditing system for providers of lead training. The system standardizes the auditing check list for the EPA Model Lead course. The system tracks lead training and produces reports. Contact James Bryson, Region 1 at (617) 565-3836.

GateKeeper is an electronic system for tribes and states to use in managing the delivery of lead inspection examinations. The system offers tribes and states a no-cost alternative to administering inspections for third-party lead inspectors. Contact James Bryson (bryson.james@epa.gov), Region 1 at (617) 565-3836.

State Tribal Application for Model Lead Procedures describes the process through which states and tribes can set their own lead regulations and supplies information about lead contamination. Encourages tribes to negotiate with EPA agreements related to regulations governing lead. Contact James Bryson (bryson.james@epa.gov), Region 1 at (617) 565-3836.


Integrated Pest Management in Schools reflects an EPA priority to protect children's health from unnecessary exposure to pesticides at school. Encourages school officials to adopt IPM practices to reduce children's exposure to pesticides.

Washington State Pesticide Notification Requirement Exit EPA Disclaimer discusses that public schools and licensed day cares in Washington are required to establish a system for notifying parents and employees of pesticides being used on school grounds.

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General Assistance Materials

Everything You Wanted to Know About Environmental Regulations..But Were Afraid to Ask offers brief, clear information on many topics and identifies where tribes can turn for in-depth information and assistance. Contact: EPA Region 7, Elizabeth Wendt (wendt.elizabeth@epa.gov).

Compliance and Technical Assistance Training

EPA's National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) trains federal, state, tribal, and local lawyers, inspectors, civil and criminal investigators, and technical experts in the enforcement of the Nation's environmental laws. NETI provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to training in which enforcement and compliance personnel are trained in a range of specialties in order to work together more effectively as a team. The Government Training, National Enforcement Training Institute Web site provides more information.

Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments courses offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to tribal members who have emergency management responsibilities. The Tribal Information page of the FEMA Web site provides more information.

EPA's Working Effectively with Tribal Governments Training is designed to increase EPA staff understanding of tribal legal and cultural issues, acquaint EPA staff with the EPA Indian policy and its place in the management of environmental programs, and provide suggestions and practical tips for EPA staff members who work with tribes. EPA's Tribal Training Materials page of the American Indian Environmental Office Web site provides more information.

Western Community Policing Center's Tribal Training Program Exit EPA Disclaimer promotes safe, healthy, and stable Indian reservation communities by providing tribal justice systems with the funding and technical assistance necessary to effectively reduce crime and administer justice.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Tribal Environmental Health Education Program (PDF) (2 pp, 156K, About PDF) provides resources for tribal health professionals to identify, prevent, and respond to health issues related to environmental contamination.

Training Tribal Environmental Professionals: Using a Project, Not a Projector [by P. Ellsworth, et al.,] offers training that is sensitive to the vast cultural heritage of Native Americans.

EPA's Grant Writing Tutorial Exit EPA Disclaimer is interactive software that walks users through the grant-writing process and helps them learn to write more competitive grants. The program includes detailed information and tips on writing a grant proposal, how to complete a grant application package, and program-specific sections on three EPA grant programs: environmental justice, environmental justice through pollution prevention, and environmental education.

Cherokee Nation Geographic Information System Training Program is for tribal map-making professionals and those interested in learning more about tribal mapping methods and GIS technology. Contact Laura Harjo (gis-info@cherokee.org) or at (800) 256-0671, ext. 2421.

Compliance Assistance Centers

Each Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer addresses real world issues faced by a specific industry or government sector. The Centers deliver information in many forms: Web sites, telephone assistance lines, fax-back systems, and e-mail discussion groups. The Centers help tribes understand an array of environmental requirements, and offers information on how to save money by preventing pollution in the first place.

The Centers Include:
CCAR-GreenLink® Exit EPA Disclaimer ChemAlliance Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer The Transportation Center Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Paint and Coatings Resource Center Exit EPA Disclaimer The National Metal Finishing Center Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Printing and Wiring Board Resource Center Exit EPA Disclaimer FedCenter
The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network Exit EPA Disclaimer Environmental Compliance for Automotive Recyclers Exit EPA Disclaimer
The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer The Border Compliance Assistance Center Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Selected Enforcement and Compliance Guidance Related to Indian Country

Protecting Public Health and the Environment Through Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Indian Country, A Strategy for Results (March 2004) is provided on the Compliance and Enforcement Tribal Resources Web site.

Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments (November 2000) is provided on the Federal Register Environmental Documents Web site.

EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations (November 8, 1984) Web site provides information about and the text of the policy.

Guidance on the Enforcement Principles Outlined in the 1984 Indian Policy (January, 17, 2001), the EPA's Tribal Compliance and Enforcement Web site provides links related to the guidance for the 1984 Indian Policy.

EPA Region 4 Policy and Practices for Environmental Protection in Indian Country (November, 2001) provides guidance and information for employees of Region 4 working with federally recognized tribes.

EPA Region 5 Direct Implementation Strategy for Indian Country for Fiscal Year 2005, the Region 5 Indian Environmental Office Web site provides links to the 2005 and 2006 versions of the document.

EPA Region 8 Guidance for Compliance Monitoring, Compliance Assistance and Enforcement Procedures in Indian Country (January 10, 2001) sets the procedures for compliance assistance and enforcement procedures in Region 8 Indian country.

Interim Final National Policy Statement for Underground Storage Tank Program Implementation in Indian Country (OSWER Directive 9610.15A).

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For related information visit EPA’s National Indian Country Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Priority site and EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program in Indian country site.

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