25b Products Explained from the US EPA
According to the US EPA:
"The Office of Pesticide Program's Conventional Reduced Risk Pesticide Program expedites the review and regulatory decision-making process of conventional pesticides that pose less risk to human health and the environment than existing conventional alternatives. The goal of this program is to quickly register commercially viable alternatives to riskier conventional pesticides such as neurotoxins, carcinogens, reproductive and developmental toxicants, and groundwater contaminants. Participants in the program include the chemical companies and state or federal agencies that submit to the Agency initial registration and amended registration applications for pesticide products.
This program does not apply to biological or antimicrobial pesticides, which are handled through separate expediting processes.
An Important Distinction to Note: While most reduced risk discussions refer to conventional reduced risk pesticides, a reduced risk decision is actually made at the use level, for a pesticide/use combination.
The reduced risk decision is based on comparison between the proposed use of the pesticide and existing alternatives currently registered on that use site. Registered pesticide alternatives may differ depending on the use in question, thus risk comparisons across uses may also differ."
More found at www.epa.gov
Why are 25b products important?
25b Reduced risk products offer homeowners and pest control operators a new alternative to traditional pest control products. these products often offer much more favorable labels that allow trained professionals the ability to increase effectiveness while reducing risks such as chronic exposer and runoff into rivers and streams.