The EPA has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOT to be confused with the AOSA Rules) to solicit public comments and suggestions about seeds that have been coated in pesticides, otherwise known as treated seeds.
Specifically, EPA is seeking comment on whether it should adopt a rule (NOT the AOSA Rules) requiring treated seeds to be regulated under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Currently, treated seeds are not subject to FIFRA registration requirements like other pesticide products. However, recent litigation filed by environmental groups and action taken by state legislatures have raised the question of whether treated seeds should be subject to additional regulation.
Further, EPA is exploring the option of requiring labeling instructions on pesticide-treated paint products to address potential risks of concern for professional painters exposed to the pesticide in the treated paint without the use of personal protection equipment (PPE).
Click here to view EPA’s proposal and learn how to submit a comment.