United States
                      Environmental Protection
                      Agency
Preventiqn, Pesticides
And Toxic Substances
(7503W)
EPA-733-N-94-001
December 1994
                     PEST   SMART   UPDATE
                     Information on EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stev/ardship Program
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   On December 12,  1994 the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency issued the following press release
in connection with the federal pesticide initiative
announced in June 1993.

   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
have formed a partnership with, a number of groups
and companies representing agricultural and non-
agricultural pesticide users to promote environmental
stewardship  in pesticide use in the United States.

   The partnership is the first under the commitment
made by the three agencies before the U.S. House of
Representatives in September 1993 to work jointly
with pesticide user groups to develop commodity-
specific initiatives toward achieving the
Administration's goal of reducing the use and risks of
pesticides in the United States.

   "Voluntary pollution prevention has been a
cornerstone of our efforts to protect human health and
the environment, and this new pesticide partnership is
an important step toward that goal," said Carol M.
Browner, EPA Administrator.  "I congratulate the
companies and grower groups that are joining with us
for their  forward-thinking approach to
environmentally-sound pesticide use practices and look
forward to seeing others follow their lead."

   The groups and companies that have joined the
partnership include: the National Potato Council, the
American Corn Growers Association, the International
Apple Institute, the California Citrus Research Board,
the California Pear Growers and California Pear
Advisory Board,  Appalachian Power, Atlantic
Electric, Carolina Power & Light, Columbus Southern
Power, Delmarva Power, Duke Power, Indiana
 Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Kingsport Power,
 New York State Electric  & Gas, Ohio Power,
 Pennsylvania Electric, Pennsylvania Power and Light,
 Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, the Virginia,
 Maryland, Delaware  Association of Electric
 Cooperatives, Wheeling Power, and Wisconsin Public
 Service Corp.                   ^
  "Voluntary pollution prevention has
 been  a cornerstone of our efforts to
 protect human  health  and the
 environment, and this new pesticide
 partnership  is an  important step
 toward  that goal"  -   Carol M.
 Browner, EPA Administrator
    In forming this partnership, the federal government
 agencies and the participating groups and companies
 agree that environmental stewardship is an integral
 part of pest management practices. Specifically, the
 partnership has agreed to commit to a number of
 guiding principles  that will shape pest management
 practices.  The principles are:

   Pesticide users will continue to work towards pest
    management practices that reduce risk to humans
    and the environment and will continue to work to
    minimize the use of pesticides where desirable and
    practicable.

   The groups and comp.inies will continue to develop
    and implement regional environmental stewardship
    plans containing  specific  pest management
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  strategies that reduce risk  to  humans and  the
  environment.

 In  recognition of the need to maintain cost-
  effective pest control in the marketplace,  the
  federal government will seek to foster, fund and
  promote through  education, research and other
  means the adoption of alternative pest management
  technologies and practices that enhance pest
  management and reduce pesticide use and risk.

 The  federal government  shall integrate  the
  environmental stewardship plans developed by the
  participating groups and  companies into its
  agricultural and environmental policies and
  programs.

  Many of the grower groups  and utility companies
have  taken specific steps to demonstrate their
commitment to the partnership. The grower groups
have committed to more research and demonstration
into, Integrated Pest Management techniques  and
programs, the development of prediction models for
more targeted and  precise pesticide  applications,
education  programs to  encourage alternative pest
control technologies, and cooperation with equipment
manufacturers  to  find application techniques  that
maintain  pest  control  efficacy while reducing
application rates.
 "I  congratulate  the  companies and
grower groups that are joining -with
us  for their forward-thinking
approach..." -   Carol  M.  Browner,
EPA Administrator
   The utility companies have committed to promote
 regional input on environmental stewardship so that a
 national environmental stewardship plan for utility
 rights-of-way can  be formulated;  to research IPM
 technologies and application methods which will lower
 the  risk to humans and the environment; and  to
 promote worker training on pesticide use to lower the
 level of risk to the workers and the environment.

    Specific actions being taken by some members of
 the partnership are listed below.
   Steps To Be Taken By The Environmental
             Stewardship Partners

   This section describes  the specific steps that
participating groups and companies have agreed to
take.

The National Potato Council will:
  Work with the Agricultural Research Service of
   USDA to increase  efforts  to conduct field
   demonstrations for  promising alternative pest
   control practices.

  Maintain its commitment to research into IPM and
   alternative pest control techniques including new,
   safer pesticides.

  Encourage its membership to adopt promising new
   technologies once they become viable and educate
   its membership through the use of newsletters and
   meetings.

  Work with equipment manufacturers to find better
   application technologies,  especially where
   application rates are lowered with equal efficacy or
   a reduction in worker exposure.

  Develop an awards process for recognizing potato
   growers who  produce a high quality crop while
   practicing sound environmental stewardship.

The American Corn Growers will:       .
   Promote  and expand  its "bottom-line" corn
    growing contest; which  seeks to maximize a
    grower's profit from corn production while
    reducing production inputs such as pesticides.

   Maintain its commitment to research into IPM and
    alternative pest control techniques  including new,
    safer pesticides.

   Encourage its membership to adopt promising new
    technologies  once they become viable and will
    educate its  membership through the  use of
    newsletters and meetings.

   Work with equipment manufacturers to find better
    application technologies, especially where
    application rates are lowered with equal efficacy or
    a reduction in worker exposure.
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The International Apple Institute will:
  Continue to encourage grower meetings that stress
   the use of IPM and develop and implement IPM
   training programs for county agents, consultants,
   scouts and growers.

  Continue to develop and utilize prediction models
   for more timely pesticide applications.

  Continue to develop commercial-scale IPM plots.

  Continue to develop the Western Areawide Codling
   Moth IPM Program in cooperation with USD A.

The California Pear Growers and California Pear
Advisory Board will:
  Expand current IPM programs to show the benefits
   of biological controls  including pheromones and
   insect  growth regulators   as alternatives to
   conventional chemical pesticides.

  Support and fund through grower and processor
   check-offs the Pear Pest Management Research
   Fund and research programs of the California Pear
   Advisory Board which seek safer, more efficient
   ways to manage pests.

  Communicate  to  growers promising results of
   research through information letters, demonstration
   plots,  and  facilitation of farmer-to-farmer
   discussions.

The California Citrus Board will:
  Commit $628,000 during 1994-95 to research in
   entomology and $118,000 in post-harvest studies,
   all aimed at IPM programs for California citrus
   with a focus on biocontrol and risk reduction.

  Provide continued research support to, and liaison
   with, the various citrus biocontrol districts - both
   public and private.

  Increase the frequency of grower meetings from
   approximately three per year to an average of one
   per month with primary focus on biocontrol, IPM
   programs, and risk reduction education.

  Provide  the grower education programs to the
   California Citrus Expo, an annual two-day event.
   The  1995 program will focus on achieving citrus
   quality in the current regulatory  environment
   which  includes emphasis  on reduced risk
   procedures, with grower education programming
   in the morning and trade show exhibits and
   demonstrations in the afternoon.

  Involvement by the California Citrus Board and the
   California Citrus Quality Council in the California
   IPM program and the California Department of
   Pesticide Regulation's pesticide reduction program.

  Work to develop real-time, on-farm information
   management  systems aimed  at reducing
   dependency on chemical use and improvement of
   biocontrpl and cultural practice systems.

  Continue efforts to achieve enrollment of a
   minimum of 75 % of the California citrus industry
   in IPM programs by the year 2000.

  Fund a research program studying the application
   methods for existing pesticides to reduce the risk of
   air pollution, groundwater pollution and exposure
   to humans.

Utility Companies
   A number of utility companies, which sometimes
use pesticides along power line rights-of-way and in
other areas, have also joined the partnership. These
companies are:

Appalachian Power, Atlantic Electric, Carolina Power
& Light, Columbus Southern Power, Delmarva
Power, Duke Power,  Indiana Michigan Power,
Kentucky Power, Kingsport Power,  New York State
Electric & Gas, Ohio Power, Pennsylvania Electric,
Pennsylvania Power & Light, The Pennsylvania Rural
Electric Association, Thti VirginiaMaryland Delaware
Association of  Electric  Cooperatives, Wheeling
Power, and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation

These companies agree to:
  Promote pesticide us;er training and education on
   pesticide use  technologies  and pest management
   practices to lower the level of risk to humans and
   the environment.   '
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  Continue to  research  and  promote IPM
   technologies and application methods which will
   provide efficient vegetation management and will
   lower the  level of risk  to humans and  the
   environment.

  Promote  regional input on  environmental
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stewardship so that a national  environmental
stewardship plan for utility rights-of-way can be
formulated.
For More Information...

   For  more information on the PEST  SMART
UPDATE, contact Sherry Click, BEAD/OPP/EPA.
If you  wish to write,  the address is: US EPA
(7503W), 401M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460.
The fax number is: 703-308-3189.

  The EPA, along with  USDA and FDA, is
committed to expanding the Pesticide Environmental
Stewardship Program (the "Partnership"). If your
organization or company would like to obtain more
information on how it can become involved with the
Partnership please contact Martin Lewis,  or Davis
Bernstein, at (703)308-8144 and (703)308-8097,
respectively.
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