EPA Increases FIFRA Violation Fees (July 2016)

On July 1, 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published an interim final rule announcing that it is increasing maximum civil penalties for violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) from $7,500 to $18,750 per violation.

This increase is in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Adjustment Act of 1990, which according to the Federal Register’s notice “prescribes a formula for adjusting statutory civil penalties to reflect inflation, maintain the deterrent effect of statutory civil penalties, and promote compliance with the law.” The fee increase will affect violations that took place after November 2, 2015 and those that are due to be assessed by EPA on or after August 1, 2016.

EPA is authorized by FIFRA §13 and §14 to take necessary enforcement against pesticides that do not adhere to requirements in the act. EPA outlines some of these actions on their website, which include “
conduct[ing] producer establishment inspections, marketplace surveillance, and pesticide sampling and analysis” to ensure that pesticide products are being used, sold, and distributed safely and legally.

Technology Sciences Group’s (TSG) team of pesticide experts can assist you to evaluate your pesticide products to ensure that they comply with FIFRA requirements. To get in touch with one of our regulatory consultants, please visit our
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