Pesticides: Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revisions

 
Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Summary:

EPA promulgated a final rule to revise the federal regulations issued under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that direct agricultural worker protection (40 CFR 170). The changes are in response to extensive stakeholder review of the regulation and its implementation since 1992, and reflect current research on how to mitigate occupational pesticide exposure to agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. The EPA strengthened the protections provided to agricultural workers and handlers under the worker protection standard by improving elements of the existing regulation, such as training, notification, communication materials, use of personal protective equipment, and decontamination supplies. The EPA expects the revisions to prevent unreasonable adverse effects from exposure to pesticides among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers; vulnerable groups, such as minority and low-income populations, child farmworkers, and farmworker families; and the general public. The EPA recognizes the importance and independence of family-owned farms and therefore expanded the definition of immediate family” and continued the exemption from many provisions of the WPS for owners of such farms and members of their immediate families.

RIN: 2070-AJ22
Impacts and Effects: Small Entities (Business)
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 170
Priority: Other Significant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Fall 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 7 U.S.C. 136w et seq. Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: Business
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
Timetable
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM03/19/201479 FR 15443
NPRM Comment Period Extended05/14/201479 FR 27546
Notice05/20/201580 FR 28838
Final Rule11/02/201580 FR 67495
Final Rule Effective01/01/2016
Docket Details open glossary dialog  
Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking
Location: HQ-OPP
 

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Aug 18, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 05/14/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-0180
Comment Period Closed
Jun 17, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 03/19/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-0119
Comment Period Closed
Mar 18, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Other
Posted: 02/20/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-0002
Comments Not Accepted
Rule
Posted: 11/02/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-2510
Comments Not Accepted
Rule
Posted: 05/20/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-2504

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/12/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-2522
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/12/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-2523
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/12/2015
ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-2524

Comments

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Agency Contact
Kathy Davis
OPPTS
davis.kathy@epa.gov
703 308-7002
703 308-2962 (Fax)
7506P
Washington, DC 20460
Richard Pont
OPPTS
pont.richard@epa.gov
703 305-6448
703 308-2962 (Fax)
7506P
Washington, DC 20460
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