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EPA Launches Skin-Applied Insect Repellent Website

EPA has launched a website with product information for skin-applied insect repellents. The website is designed for consumers to view relevant information for mosquito, tick and other biting insect protection.

The website contains easy-to-read tables with information about individual insect repellent products. The tables provide the active ingredient of each product along with the percentage of the active ingredient. The number of hours the product will repel mosquitoes is also on the table and is based on the effectiveness data reviewed by EPA. The website will also show if the product protects against various insects or just mosquitoes.

The website can be accessed at:

Thanks for the heads up through the Pesticide Education Program email by Cindy Folck, Communications Program Coordinator, OSU Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program.

April 21, 2010 at 9:05 am

National Pollution Permit Needed to Apply Farm Pesticides?

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) governs the applications of pesticides in the U.S. EPA has continuously said that pesticides used in accordance to the label directions for applications to water or near water were permitted under FIFRA and did not need additional permits.

In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th District ruled in favor of advocacy groups in a lawsuit the would require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for any pesticides applied to water bodies or if pesticides could possibly enter the water body after application. This would apply even if the pesticide was labeled for aquatic use or for use near water bodies.

EPA decided not to appeal the decision and instead asked the court for a two-year stay to develop, propose and issue a final general permit for pesticide applicators under NPDES. The stay was granted and the permitting system is to be in place in April of 2011.

The Ohio EPA will be the permitting agency for applications in Ohio. U.S. EPA has indicated irrigation return flows and agricultural runoff will not require NPDES permits as they are specifically exempted from the CWA. The large categories indicated by U. S. EPA that will be required to obtain permits are:

– Mosquito larvicides and adulticides.

– Herbicides to control weeds in lakes, ponds, ditchbanks in agricultural drainage systems, and irrigation systems and other waterways.

– Insecticides used in wide-area insect suppression programs.

– Herbicides used in wide-area control programs directed at aquatic invasive plant species.

– Herbicides, insecticides and other pesticides used in forestry program when applied over waters of the U.S.

– Products applied to kill fish, mussels or other invasive aquatic species.

U.S. EPA has set up a team with members from the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and the Office of Water (OW) to develop a model permit that can be used by states for the permitting process.

Reprinted from: PEP-Talk, September, 2009

(Sources: Office of Water, U.S. EPA, Wing Beats – trade magazine of the American Mosquito Control Association – Summer 2009 issue, Illinois Pesticide Review – University of Illinois Extension – July/August 2009 issue)

September 16, 2009 at 8:15 am 2 comments

Following Refuge Guidelines for Bt

In Van Wert County, Ohio, I know many farmers that will be using Bt with the rootworm/roundup technology. In this podcast, I discuss the mandated refuge as well as options for protecting that refuge. Listen to my podcast here:

April 21, 2008 at 1:30 pm


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