Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Pesticide Registration Improvement Act

The user fees that industry has both long advocated and long dreaded became a reality for pesticide product registrants as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Bill (P.L. 108-199), enacted Jan. 22. The Conference Committee incorporated the text of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2003, which was introduced in the Senate on Sept. 25, 2003, by Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) with 21 co-sponsors. PRIA is the culmination of considerable negotiation among the Environmental Protection Agency, industry, and activist groups on the issue of whether new user fees should be imposed to fund pesticide registration and reregistration activities.

In essence, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) is intended to provide more stable funding for EPA and, as a result, greater predictability for industry with regard to the timing of reviews of their applications and products. Pesticide registrants will pay increased maintenance fees and new registration fees, and EPA will be subject to deadlines for the completion of reviews of certain pesticide products.

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