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Lawn Care Pesticide Risks Remain Uncertain While Prohibited Safety Claims Continue
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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Pesticides used for lawn care purposes are chemicals or biological substances designed to kill and control living organisms--unwanted species of plants, insects, and animals. They are used in places where people live, work, and play. They are used in such places as gardens, parks, and on lawns and golf courses. Because lawn care pesticides are designed to destroy or control living organisms, exposure to them can be hazardous. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act FIFRA, EP is required to evaluate the risks and benefits of a proposed pesticide before it is registered for use. More recently, the FIFRA Amendments of 1988 known as FIFRA 88 imposed mandatory time frames and provided resources to help accelerate the reregistration of older pesticides, including lawn care pesticides.
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