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Home > Ag Chemicals & Fertilizers > Pesticides > Soil Fumigant Safety Measures

New Safety Measures for Soil Fumigant Pesticides


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EPA is requiring important new safety measures for soil fumigant pesticides to increase protections for agricultural workers and bystanders – people who live, work, or otherwise spend time near fields that are fumigated.

In May 2009, EPA issued Amended Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) for the soil fumigant pesticides, including final new safety measures for soil fumigant pesticides to increase protections for agricultural workers and bystanders. Implemented over the next two years, these measures will work together to establish a baseline for safe use of the soil fumigants throughout the United States, reducing fumigant exposures and significantly improving safety.

Phase 1 Label Changes that Went Into Effect December 31, 2010:

  • Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) Classification
  • Mandatory Good Agricultural Practices
  • Application Method, Practice and Rate Restrictions
  • New Handler Protection - New restrictions address respiratory protection, tarp handling and an entry-restricted period.
  • Handler Training Information
  • Site-Specific Fumigant Management Plans (FMP)

Phase 2 Label Changes that go Into Effect December 1, 2012 (2013 growing season):

  • Buffer zones
  • Posting requirements for buffer zones
  • Site-Specific Fumigant Management Plans (more information is required in Phase 2).
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Requirements
  • Applicator Training Programs
  • Information for Handlers, Communities, and First Responders

If you have questions or want additional information please contact Mark Magnusson at 218-739-7576 X273 or mark.magnusson@state.mn.us.