Natural Resources and Environment:

Export of Unregistered Pesticides Is Not Adequately Monitored by EPA

T-RCED-89-31: Published: May 3, 1989. Publicly Released: May 3, 1989.

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GAO discussed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) procedures for monitoring exports of unregistered pesticides and notifying foreign governments of U.S. actions taken on some pesticides. GAO noted that EPA: (1) did not have a program for monitoring pesticide manufacturers' compliance with export notification requirements; (2) did not require export notices for unregistered pesticides which were similar to registered pesticides in composition and use; (3) lacked adequate procedures for preparing and issuing notices to foreign governments when it took significant action on a pesticide because of a serious health or environmental concern; and (4) had not updated a 1985 booklet that summarized and clarified its actions on cancelled, suspended, and restricted pesticides.

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