Congress is requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to review all of the pesticide registrations for chemical company active ingredients by 2022.
That means the agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs has to conduct exhaustive studies of 725 cases or uses of more than 1,000 pesticides, according to Rick Keigwin, director of the Office of Pesticide Programs.
Keigwin, a speaker at The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance’s annual meeting in Memphis, Tenn., said his office has made a good start on the EPA portion of the reviews. The problem may come with consultations with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Keigwin also remains concerned about the failure of the U.S. Senate to approve the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, which would provide funding for about one-third of the OPP’s operations. PRIA has passed the House but was being held up by several senators wehen Keigwin spoke in Memphis on Feb. 7.