Regan: new EPA pesticide review process streamlined

EPA Administrator Michael Regan says the agency’s recently revamped pesticide process will be quicker and better inform farmers of available products.

He said EPA scientists should decide what pesticides come on and off the market, not the courts.

“And that’s why we’ve asked Congress for a budget that really begins to bolster our ability to get out from under the courts, out from under the litigation and really focus on how we get the proper product on the market to support our farming and agriculture community,” Regan said.

The EPA is requesting a nearly $12 billion budget for the 2023 fiscal year, up nearly $700 million from 2022.

Regan tells Brownfield EPA wants farmers to have a seat at the table to better understand product availability and replacements for banned chemistries.

“No one likes to be surprised and everyone would appreciate some certainty,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to do with our partnership with the agriculture community; that’s what we’re trying to with our processes and these review processes that we’ve set up.”

EPA released its revamped pesticide review plan earlier this month. EPA says its new plan aims to better meet Endangered Species Act obligations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, better identify protection actions to be taken.

The agency’s review plan will collaborate with USDA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan Interview

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