Pesticide Regulation/Program Activities:
Click the following link for an overview of the Federal Pesticide Law:
Follow-up Investigations (for cause)
The Circuit Rider Program provides response to Pesticide Complaints by
conducting follow-up inspections to determine if violations of FIFRA have
occurred. The majority of investigations involve complaints of misuse of
pesticides, which may have caused some type of damage to humans, animals, crops
or the environment.
Inspections are conducted under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) on behalf of the EPA through a cooperative agreement
with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Inspections are used as a tool to determine compliance with FIFRA, and to
minimize the potentially harmful effects resulting from the exposure of people
and the environment to pesticides, pesticide residues or metabolites by ensuring
that pesticide use is conducted in a safe and proper manner.
These inspections may fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Agricultural / Non Agricultural Use Inspections
- Product / Records Inspections
- PEI - Producer Establishment Inspections: an inspection
of an establishment where pesticides or devices are produced and held for
distribution or sale. The purpose of such an inspection is to determine if the
producer is maintaining the appropriate records, producing only registered
pesticides and using accepted labeling.
- MPI - Marketplace Inspection: an inspection conducted
at the retail or wholesale level to ensure that the products are properly
labeled, packaged and registered with the US EPA. Compliance with storage and
packaging requirements are also verified.
- RUP - Restricted Use Pesticide: an inspection conducted
to verify that RUP’s are sold and distributed to properly licensed professional
and private pesticide applicators and dealers.
- Import / Export Inspections
- Experimental Use Inspection
Worker Protection Standards
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is designed to reduce the risks of illness
or injury resulting from worker’s and handlers’ occupational exposures to
pesticides used in the production of agricultural plants on farms or in
nurseries, greenhouses, and forests and also from the accidental exposure of
workers or other persons to such pesticides.
The Circuit Rider Program conducts WPS inspections on all participating
reservations during the growing season and at other times, to ensure the
Safety information and emergency medical facility information is located at a
WPS workers and handlers are properly trained using WPS criteria
Decontamination supplies are available and properly located for use by WPS
Proper use and availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Proper notification of pesticide applications
Restricted entry intervals (REI) following pesticide applications
Detailed compliance information on the WPS is found in the “How to Comply”
manual and on line at US EPA – Worker Protection Standards
Education and Outreach/Compliance Assistance
The Pesticide Enforcement program promotes the safe use of pesticide products by
applicators, tribal members, staff and the general public by providing training
sessions, workshops, safety literature, label reference materials, WPS training
materials and information on related state programs.
For additional information, you are encouraged to visit the following websites.