EPA's Soil Fumigation Toolbox
Posted: January 31, 2011
EPA's new web page provides training, outreach, and other resource materials for applicators and handlers, communities, state and local agencies, and others interested in understanding and implementing the current requirements for safe use of soil fumigants. Check the website at: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/soil_fumigants/index.htm.
Web Pages included in the Soil Fumigant Toolbox
- Fact Sheets: Information on key safety measures.
Updated fumigant labels (coming soon).
- Chemicals: Includes information on chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium/potassium, and methyl bromide.
- Training Materials: Nine EPA Training Modules on the New Soil Fumigant Requirements in PowerPoint, PDF, and coming soon in video format.
Management Plans: EPA is requiring that fumigant users prepare a written,
site-specific fumigant management plan (FMP) before fumigations begin. Written
plans and procedures for safe and effective applications will help prevent
accidents and misuse and will capture emergency response plans and steps to take
in case an accident occurs. This page includes templates and a few samples of
FMPs for various chemicals.
Zones: Information on buffer zones.
for Certified Applicators: This page will include registrant-developed
training materials and notification to states.
for Fumigant Handlers: Certified applicators must provide Fumigant Safe
Handling information to each handler involved in the application, or confirm
that each handler participating in the application has received Fumigant Safe
Handling information in a manner they can understand within the past twelve
months. This page includes materials by EPA and materials by pesticide
registrants that are EPA approved.
for Communities: This page contains information on emergency preparedness
and response requirements, and on community outreach and education