Pesticides through the EPA-approval process

May 2, 2016By

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates pesticides through a stringent process. It can take chemical companies many months or years before they’re permitted to sell their products. Here’s how it works. Chemical company invents new product. (This could be a new active ingredient or new combination of ingredients.) Test + data. The chemical company is responsible for funding and compiling... read more

EPA accepts label updates for Anuew

March 4, 2016By

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviewed and accepted a major label improvement initiative for the Anuew brand turf plant growth regulator. This action includes changes to the directions for use table and focuses on research driven information to improve turf growth and quality management. “One of our main focuses was understanding the hows and whys for contestant turf growth... read more

EPA releases imidacloprid risk assessment, comment period open

January 15, 2016By

Earlier this month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid, saying it shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators. A 60-day public comment period has commenced. After the comment... read more

Government Affairs: EPA overhauls pesticide applicator rules

October 8, 2015By

If it seems to you that there have been a lot of new regulations coming from the federal government lately, you’d be right. The Obama administration, knowing its days are numbered, has been proposing and pushing through an unprecedented number of new rules. New Waters of the U.S. regulations, increasing the salary limit for non-exempt employees, new rules for applying pesticides... read more

Attacks on managed landscapes gain traction

September 8, 2015By

Historically, our industry has come under attack on various issues, including our equipment’s noise or carbon output; the inputs we use, which are EPA regulated and approved; our water use; and the use of turf, itself. The West’s drought exposed the industry to even more attacks. Water for landscapes is cited as the single biggest use of household water in... read more

EPA wants tougher ‘restricted-use’ standards

August 10, 2015By

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides. The agency will accept public comments on the proposed rule for 90 days at regulations.gov under docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183 once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. EPA said the goal is to reduce the likelihood of harm from the misapplication... read more