Attack of the Killer Weeds: Abuses
Abuses of the Section 18 Program
Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act is designed to get pesticides with incomplete health and safety reviews into the hands of farmers faced with real emergencies that would threaten the viability of their crops. Many of the so-called "emergencies", however, are highly suspect. None are more dubious than the repeated "emergency" use of the same pesticide on the same crop year after year. Repeated emergencies suggest that the pest infestation is routine, and not an unexpected emergency event. If pesticide uses are repeatedly needed, their risks should be fully evaluated under the children’s health provisions of FQPA.
Many "emergencies" drag on for years.
|Crop||State||Pesticide||Number of times EPA granted the exemption in the last 7 years|
|Bean, Snap||New York||Fomesafen||6|
Source: Environmental Working Group. Compiled from U.S. EPA data.