EPA extends timeline for pesticide applicators rule

Written by TF Staff on .

A regulation mandating more training and safeguards for people handling restricted-use pesticides has been delayed for one year by the EPA.

The EPA said it was going “back to basics” by delaying the Obama-era rule in its mid-May announcement. The Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators (C&T) rule would have established a minimum age for handling these pesticides, required more training and more frequent certifications for the approximately 1 million applicators allowed to use them, and tightened overall controls on insecticides, pesticides and other substances.

“To achieve both environmental protection and economic prosperity, we must give the regulated community, which includes farmers and ranchers, adequate time to come into compliance with regulations,” said Scott Pruitt, EPA administrator.

The original effective date of May 22, 2017, is now extended to May 22, 2018.

In its statement on the year-long delay, EPA said it received feedback from states and stakeholders that more time and resources are needed to prepare for compliance with the rule. Specifically mentioned was an April meeting with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who applauded the move to extend the deadline.

“I look forward to continuing to work with this administration to curb regulations that are killing jobs and hurting our farmers,” Greitens said. “It’s time for government to get out of the way and let our farmers farm.”

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