The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is primarily responsible for regulating pesticides in the United States. Their mission is to protect human health and the environment. The EPA Office of Pesticide Programs handles most of the regulatory issues pertaining to pesticides. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) gives the EPA authority to determine which pesticides can be used in the United States, and how they can be used. The EPA (in conjunction with other federal and state agencies) evaluates new pesticides and proposed uses, determines if emergency situations warrant temporary approvals of certain pesticides and periodically reviews current research related to the safety of older pesticides. They also enforce pesticide regulations and provide support to state and regional EPA programs designed to protect, certify and train pesticide applicators.
If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.