The House of Representatives has joined the Senate in reauthorizing the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, often called PRIA 4 because it’s the fourth iteration of legislation that helps fund EPA’s pesticide program through registration and maintenance fees. An analysis of the differences between PRIA 3 and PRIA 4 prepared by supporters last year found the latest reauthorization would provide EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs an additional $3.2 million per year in maintenance fees and another $1 million a year above PRIA 3 levels in pesticide registration service fees. In a statement, the Household & Commercial Products Association thanked Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., for helping shepherd the bill through that chamber. CropLife America President and CEO Chris Novak said the law “provides certainty for consumers, farmers and our members, ensuring pesticides are reviewed and re-reviewed in a thorough and timely manner.” The bill now goes back to the Senate to correct a “procedural issue,” HCPA said.
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