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New Guidelines for Reporting Pesticide Incidents

General Compliance Monitoring Policies and Guidance

Guidance for Issuing Federal EPA Inspector Credentials to Authorize Employees of State/Tribal Governments to Conduct Inspections on Behalf of EPA (PDF) (97 pp, 1.4MB)

National Policy on the Role of the EPA Inspector in Providing Compliance Assistance During Inspection (PDF) (17 pp, 190K)

The Role of the EPA Inspector in Providing Compliance Assistance (PDF) (72 pp, 370K)Biosecurity Guidance (PDF) (31 pp, 843K)

Digital Camera Guidance for EPA Civil Inspections and Investigations (PDF) (14 pp, 588K)

The Guide for Addressing Environmental Problems: Using an Integrated Strategic Approach (PDF) (115 pp, 4.51MB) is a detailed reference to help staff and managers plan, develop, implement and measure strategies to address significant environmental problems. The Guide will help determine which mix of tools enforcement, incentives or assistance will best compliment inspections or evaluations to maximize the environmental benefits. It includes chapters on: goals and measures, selecting and sequencing tools, assigning roles and responsibilities, communicating and exiting the strategy. For a quick review of what the Guide has to offer there is a fact sheet (PDF) (1 pg, 45.9K) available.

Linked is a new document that provides guidance for the inspection of alleged cases of pesticide-related bee incidents.  This guidance is a supplement to the national Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Inspection Manual.  It presents unique considerations that federal, state and tribal inspectors should examine when investigating bee deaths that may be related to pesticide use.  Please distribute this guidance to your state lead agencies and tribal pesticide programs and feel free to discuss implementation of this guidance with them.  We hope that using this guidance will make federal, state and tribal investigations of pesticide-related bee incidents more effective and efficient.  The guidance will also help beekeepers, growers, and other stakeholders better understand the inspection process and the challenges associated with these complex investigations.


Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of this effort, especially those in the Region 5 Land and Chemicals Division with staff from Region 5 Regional Counsel, Headquarters’ Offices of Pesticide Programs and Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as those in the State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG) and the Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC) who reviewed a draft of the guidance and provided comments. 

 The guidance will be posted on the FIFRA page that you can reach from