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As the nation experiences a shift from the Clinton to the Bush administration, here are important changes in federal pesticides policy. Conversely, there are many areas of continuity between the two administrations. First, the Bush administration has reversed the previous administration's effort to encourage full disclosure of inerts on the label. On July 18, 2001, the administration rejected the petitions of 180 environmental groups and eight Attorney Generals that called for full disclosure of inerts on the label. Second, it reversed the arsenic policy, as well as several other approaches. The Bush administration has continued to support the EPA vs. NRDC settlement decision on January 19,2001, supporting the deadlines for its implementations of FQPA. In addition, the Bush EP A has held a meeting and asked for comments on the Confidential Business Information proposal, including up-front substantiation of information submitted for pesticide-registered products. Third, Bush has continued Clinton's pesticide fee proposals and actually an enlarged the registration fee from $16 million in fiscal year 2001 to $25 million in fiscal year 2002, and increased and enlarged the tolerance processing fee from $28.3 million to $51 million for fiscal year 2002. A close examination of the Bush policy toward pesticide reveals elements of change and continuity and lays the foundation for future directions in pesticide public policy.
federal pesticides policy, inerts
President, Chemical Producers and Distributors Association, Alexandria, VA