Archived August 23, 2022
Photograph courtesy of Tarmo Hannula, Register-Pajaronian
October 30, 2020 EPA’s Revisions to the AEZ Requirements
October 24, 2019 EPA’s Prepublication Proposed Rule to Update the AEZ requirements
July 22, 2019: EPA’s Notification of Submission to the Secretary of Agriculture; Pesticides; Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements
March 2019: Desk Statement on proposed AEZ changes/process:
AEZ Proposed Revisions.
On March 13, 2019, EPA sent proposed revisions to the application exclusion zone (AEZ) provision of the WPS rule to OMB for review. Following OMB review, EPA will send the proposed revisions to the appropriate congressional committees and USDA for review. These reviews are part of the FIFRA rulemaking process.
EPA is proposing to revise these regulations in response to input from members of the agricultural community, state pesticide regulatory agencies, and agricultural stakeholders. EPA incorporated input obtained in part via EPA public outreach under Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. EPA’s proposal will be subject to a public notice and comment period.
January 9, 2019 EPA announces intent to leave designated rep and minimum age requirements in place; may amend AEZ in future
EPA’s webpage on WPS revisions
AAPCO: WPS Committee Chairperson, Patrick Jones NC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative: Suzanne Forsyth (UCDE), email@example.com & Kaci Buhl (OSU), firstname.lastname@example.org, PERC website
If you have developed materials that would be good to share with others, please send them to Amy Sullivan, AAPCO Executive Secretary, at email@example.com.
Online Training Resources: http://pesticideresources.org/wps/inventory.html
NPSEC Store for WPS Compliance Products: https://npsecstore.com/pages/perc-page
EPA/OECA: WPS Inspection Manual
PERC: WPS Respirator Protection Guide
PERC: Train the Trainer Manual
PERC: Quick Reference Guide to the 2015 WPS
PERC: How to Comply Manual
Washington State University Extension: AEZ–Spray Quality and Droplet Size
University of Arizona Extension: Nozzles and Droplets-What do the colors mean?
EPA: WPS Frequently Asked Questions
EPA: WPS Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ) Factsheet
EPA: WPS AEZ Power Point
2017 USEPA’s Federal Register Notice regarding Reconsideration of Several Requirements and Notice About Compliance Dates
2017 USEPA’s response to NASDA’s request to delay WPS implementation
2016 AAPCO letter to EPA regarding WPS and Jack Housenger’s response.
2015 After Final Rule was Published
EPA: Medium Detail Chart detailing WPS changes, also available in Spanish
Federal Register Final WPS Rule
2015 Prior to Rule being Published
EPA Proposed Rule Changes September 2015
EPA to States for Feedback: Proposed WPS Implementation Strategy June 2015
EPA to States for Feedback: WPS Stakeholders and Materials June 2015