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This week, EPA released Proposed Interim
Decisions (PID) for five neonicotinoid insecticides that are widely used in the structural
pest management industry. The insecticides
included the active ingredients Acetamiprid,
Clothianidin, Dinotefuran, Imidacloprid and
Thiamethoxam - all of which are registered
for structural pest control uses patterns. Of
note in the PID are proposed label changes to
limit drift and run-off and the cancellation of
certain uses for turf pests. NPMA will be carefully reviewing the proposed decision and will
provide meaningful comments to the Agency
regarding the pest management industry's
recommendations.
EPA also published the PID for Glyphosate, a widely used herbicide that has come under fire from anti-pesticide activists
recently. Of note is EPA's conclusion that there are no risks of concern to human health when glyphosate is used according
to label instructions and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.

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STATE LEGISLATURES
Repealing Pesticide Preemption: Several states aimed to
repeal pesticide preemption in 2019, and most recently in 2020,
Colorado appears to be the latest state with a bill in the works.
Repealing pesticide preemption would allow local governments
to regulate pesticides, making it incredibly difficult to comply
with each municipality's regulations, and these local governments can easily ban pesticides without scientific justification
once pesticide preemption is repealed. NPMA and the Colorado
Pest Control Association are working hard to defend pesticide
preemption. In November of 2019, NPMA and NEPMA recently
defeated a bill (S.776) to repeal pesticide preemption in that state.
Neonicotinoid Legislation: Many states are aiming to ban
or restrict the use of neonicotinoids. Colorado, Illinois, New
Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, and several others
have introduced legislation aiming to restrict neonics. Currently,
Connecticut, Maryland and Vermont have designated neonics
as restricted use pesticides.
Occupational Licensing Reform: Occupational licensing
reform is a serious issue for the structural pest management
industry. As both Democrats and Republicans aim to reduce
barriers to entry for certain licensed occupations (ex. hairbraiders, barbers, social workers, etc.), pesticide applicators are often
grouped into the discussion of deregulation. While deregulation
might sound good, the ramifications of deregulating our industry
are potentially disastrous. The EPA regional office could end-up
regulating pesticide applicators in your state instead of your State
Lead Agency (ex. DPR) because many of these bills potentially
violate FIFRA and the applicator certification agreements with
EPA, untrained individuals could be permitted to apply restricted
use pesticides, and unscrupulous operators could pose harm
to customers and the industry's reputation. Tennessee, Virginia,
and West Virginia are three states that have introduced bills to
severely weaken licensed pesticide applicator laws.
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EPA RELEASES PROPOSED
INTERIM DECISION
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PCOC - Spring 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Spring 2020

President’s Message
EVP Message
The Benefits of Being a PCOC Member
Details About the Future of Pest Control Expo
Surviving a Technology Conversion: 10 Tech Upgrade Tips for Smooth Sailing
Pesticide Research Must Stay Transparent and Independent
New Technology to Control Pests with Precision-Guided Genetics
NPMA Federal Update
Insurance
State Capitol Report
Marketing
Firm Profile
Index to Advertisers
PCOC - Spring 2020 - Intro
PCOC - Spring 2020 - cover1
PCOC - Spring 2020 - cover2
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 3
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 4
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 5
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 6
PCOC - Spring 2020 - President’s Message
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 8
PCOC - Spring 2020 - EVP Message
PCOC - Spring 2020 - The Benefits of Being a PCOC Member
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 11
PCOC - Spring 2020 - Details About the Future of Pest Control Expo
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 13
PCOC - Spring 2020 - Surviving a Technology Conversion: 10 Tech Upgrade Tips for Smooth Sailing
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 15
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 16
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 17
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 18
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 19
PCOC - Spring 2020 - Pesticide Research Must Stay Transparent and Independent
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 21
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 22
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 23
PCOC - Spring 2020 - New Technology to Control Pests with Precision-Guided Genetics
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 25
PCOC - Spring 2020 - NPMA Federal Update
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 27
PCOC - Spring 2020 - Insurance
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 29
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 30
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 31
PCOC - Spring 2020 - State Capitol Report
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 33
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 34
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 35
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 36
PCOC - Spring 2020 - Marketing
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 38
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 39
PCOC - Spring 2020 - 40
PCOC - Spring 2020 - Firm Profile
PCOC - Spring 2020 - Index to Advertisers
PCOC - Spring 2020 - cover3
PCOC - Spring 2020 - cover4
PCOC - Spring 2020 - outsert1
PCOC - Spring 2020 - outsert2
PCOC - Spring 2020 - outsert3
PCOC - Spring 2020 - outsert4
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