Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes rule to revise the Minimum Risk Exemption for Pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule to revise the Minimum Risk Exemption for pesticides to more clearly describe the active and inert ingredients in products that are eligible for exemption from regulation for having minimum risk to humans and the environment.  EPA is taking this action under section 25(b)(2) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and under 40 CFR 152.25(f).  EPA published the proposed rule on December 31, 2012.

The rule also proposes to amend labeling requirements and to codify the existing list of inert ingredients.  EPA is seeking comment on multiple issues, including the format and information of the ingredient lists, methodology for estimating the costs of proposed label changes, and any products that would need to be reformulated as a result of the proposed changes.

Comments are due April 1, 2013.