The Philosophy of Herbicide Registration
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS (ARMY) WASHINGTON DC
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One can conclude that pesticide laws and common law principles applicable to the use of pesticides do a reasonably adequate job of protecting the public. The development of further regulation by way of statutes and rules is necessary in some instances before adequate, useful and practical means are made available, thus minimizing pesticide accidents. Statutory control should not only regulate, restrict and likewise even make lawful certain acts and procedures, but also, pesticide laws should serve as educational tools to inform and delineate proper activities of users, sellers and applicators. Statutes which merely prohibit, do serve a useful purpose. However, in the case of a low limiting activities of individuals, while the reasons for the limits may be obvious to law makers, this is not always the case with the affected or regulated parties. Statutory language, while not necessarily explanatory per se, should be detailed enough to point out proper means of compliance. The program for restricted use pesticides and certification of applications as established under the current law for registration of pesticides, including herbicides, has generally succeeded.