From their inception in 1883, FMC has been providing solutions to the world’s best companies and their customers by using an array of advanced technologies in research and development to improve the delivery of medications; enhance foods and beverages; power batteries; protect crop yields, structures and lawns, and advance the manufacture of glass, ceramics, plastics, pulp and paper, textiles and other products.
CropLife International is a global federation representing the plant science industry. CLI addresses international developments in the area of crop protection (pesticides), biotechnology (GMOs) and sustainable agriculture. CLI is committed to the safe and responsible use of the industry's products in order to provide safe and abundant food as well as other benefits back to the consumer.
Although the world population has doubled in the last 40 years, the area of land devoted to food production has remained virtually constant; crop protection products have enabled farmers to produce higher yields of their crops on less land. In fact, U.S. farmers provide 18% of the world’s food supply on only 10% of the world’s farmland.
New Refillable Container and Repackaging Requirements
Important New Requirements Documents
Consistent with this commitment to stewardship, the industry has worked closely with EPA in the development of a Pesticide Container and Containment (PCC) rule. Primary objectives of this rule are facilitating the disposal & recycling of pesticide containers and protecting the environment from potential pesticide releases due to spills & leaks in storage or when refilling/dispensing plant protection products. The requirements of the PCC rule have been phased in since it was finalized in 2006. Industry has participated in; training, the development of certification of retail centers for compliance with storage requirements and working to ensure smooth implementation of the rule so that the objectives are met and regulatory burden is minimized.
The final phase of implementation of the rule goes into effect on August 16th, 2011. After this date, registrants will be required to incorporate new container management language on the labels of products released for shipment. Pesticide users will be required to follow the new container management instructions as soon as they appear on the labels. Additionally, stationary tanks and portable refillable containers will be required to be compliant with the PCC rule. The labels of non-refillable containers will have recycling or reconditioning instructions. Labels (on containers) of refillable containers will have instructions for cleaning the container before it is recycled or disposed of.