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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AJ20 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Pesticides; Certification of Pesticide Applicators 

On January 4, 2017, EPA published a final rule to revise the existing regulation concerning the certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) in response to public comments received on the proposal and based on extensive stakeholder review of the existing regulation and its implementation since 1974. The final revised regulation will ensure Federal certification program standards adequately protect applicators, the public, and the environment from risks associated with use of RUPs. The final rule will improve the competency of certified applicators of RUPs, increase protection for noncertified applicators using RUPs under the direct supervision of a certified applicator through enhanced pesticide safety training and standards for supervision of noncertified applicators, and establish a minimum age requirement for certified and noncertified applicators using RUPs under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Recognizing EPA's commitment to work more closely with Tribal governments to strengthen environmental protection in Indian country, the final rule will provide more practical options for establishing certification programs in Indian country.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 171   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq. Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  11/14/2014  79 FR 68152   
Notice  11/14/2014  79 FR 68152   
NPRM  08/24/2015  80 FR 51355   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  11/18/2015  80 FR 72029   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  12/23/2015  80 FR 79803   
Final Rule  01/04/2017  82 FR 952   
Final Rule Effective (TBD)  To Be Determined 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183-0001  
Sectors Affected: 111 Crop Production; 111421 Nursery and Tree Production; 115112 Soil Preparation, Planting, and Cultivating; 115210 Support Activities for Animal Production; 115310 Support Activities for Forestry; 321114 Wood Preservation; 32532 Pesticide and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing; 424690 Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers; 424910 Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers; 444220 Nursery, Garden Center, and Farm Supply Stores; 541690 Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services; 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); 5617 Services to Buildings and Dwellings; 9241 Administration of Environmental Quality Programs; 926140 Regulation of Agricultural Marketing and Commodities 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michelle Arling
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
7506P, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-5891
Fax:703 308-2962

Kevin Keaney
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7506P,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 305-7666