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  1. Vol. 27 No. 4, p. 736-742
    Received: Oct 17, 1997

    * Corresponding author(s): tcentner@agecon.uga.edu
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Unwanted Agricultural Pesticides: State Disposal Programs

  1. Terence J. Centner *
  1. Dep. of Agricultural and Applied Economics, The Univ. of Georgia, Athens GA 30602.



Millions of pounds of unwanted pesticides have accumulated in storage barns throughout our country. The potential environmental and health risks posed by this situation have garnered public attention and governmental action. While the possession of unwanted pesticides generally is not illegal, agricultural producers need to follow requisite legal requirements and dispose of pesticides properly to avoid legal infractions. The federal government has published the Universal Waste Rule so that it is easier to dispose of unwanted pesticides through waste pesticide collection programs. Nearly every state has initiated efforts to collect and dispose of accumulated pesticides in a safe manner, but many programs only address a part of the problem. For many states, the lack of implementation of funding or a permanent mechanism for the collection of unwanted pesticides means that pesticides will continue to present risks to our society.

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