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Consolidated Pesticide Enforcement Cooperative Agreements

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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In fiscal years 2003 and 2004, 80 pesticide enforcement grants have been awarded. Agencies participating in the Federal cooperative agreement program receive funds to support and strengthen pesticide compliance monitoring, inspection, and enforcement activities. Typical program activities for enforcement grants, which are generally common to all cooperative agreements, include inspections and observations at pesticide application sites to ensure user compliance with label directions and acceptable use practices, inspections of pesticide products at producing facilities and in the retail marketplace to ensure industry compliance with registration, classification, and labeling requirements, and initiation of appropriate enforcement action when violations are detected including civil and criminal prosecution, stop sale orders, seizures, recalls, and warning notices. The States will also develop implementation plans for special pesticide initiatives. States will be responsible for dissemination of information and materials related to these pesticide initiatives. States, Territories, and Tribes that are participating in the pesticide enforcement cooperative agreements program conducted 54,880 compliance monitoring inspections in FY 2003. These inspections were conducted at agricultural establishments, pesticide producers and retailers, ports of entry, at pesticide applicators, as well as at other site where pesticides were distributed, sold, or used. As a result of these inspections, 8.402 enforcement actions civil and criminal actions, license suspensions or revocation, warning letter, and so forth were issued for noncompliance. For FY 2004, the number of inspections is expected to be between 50,000 and 60,000.