LINCOLNWOOD, IL — On December 9, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched two much anticipated voluntary pilot programs for disinfectants and sanitizers that will allow the use of the Design for the Environment (DfE) logo on certain products as well as allow the use of certain Agency approved factual statements of environmental preferability.
“ISSA applauds EPA for crafting a policy that will empower purchasers to make informed decisions when selecting disinfectants and sanitizers, as well as provide a market incentive for manufacturers to develop antimicrobial pesticides that possess a preferred environmental and safety and health profile,” said ISSA director of legislative affairs Bill Balek.
ISSA’s Balek participated in the Comparative Claims Work Group assembled by EPA for the purpose of developing the parameters of the pilot program announced Dec. 9. The Work Group met over the course of 15 months and consisted of representatives from industry, EPA, state agencies, environmental groups and other interested parties.
In regard to DfE recognition, registrants will be subject to a two tier review process starting with review by the DfE program that will start accepting applications immediately, while the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) will start accepting applications on May 3, 2010. In addition, OPP will start accepting applications for the use of factual statements of environmental preferability on product labels on January 25, 2010.
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