In the process of
eliminating pests, facilities using pesticides risk exposing workers
and visitors to toxic chemicals through the inhalation, ingestion,
and absorption of pesticide residues. In addition, pesticides and
herbicides can contaminate local water resources.
To prevent hazards to
human health and the environment from improper storage of pesticides,
the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
called on EPA to set standards for the types of containers that can
be used to store pesticides and proper storage methods. It is largely
the responsibility of the pesticide manufacturer to ensure that the
pesticide is properly contained and that storage requirements are
specified on the label, but everyone who uses pesticides must do
their part to ensure that these products are safely managed.
can impact the environment in several ways and is regulated under
federal and state environmental laws and regulations.
Pesticide-related activities conducted by local governments are
primarily regulated under FIFRA, which specifies application in a
manner consistent with the label.
LGEAN resources most
applicable to pesticides include: