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Antimicrobial Cleaners OK'd In New York Despite Green Seal Prohibition.

MANASSAS, Va. -- Under procurement guidelines issued recently by the New York Office of General Services, school purchases of environmentally preferable cleaning products - but not antimicrobial cleaners - will be limited to those bearing a Green Seal or Environmental Choice logo.

Many industry respondents to the guideline proposal argued strongly for the inclusion of products listed by EPA's Design for Environment (DfE) Green Formulation Initiative for Cleaning Products because, among other reasons, some companies consider Green Seal certification costs excessive.

Nevertheless, New York decided to reject Green Seal's prohibition on antimicrobial claims for most industrial and institutional cleaning products, meaning that disinfecting and sanitizing cleaners will be available for use in the state's public schools.

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Other stories in the August 29, 2006, issue of PESTICIDE.NET Insider eJournal include:

INDUSTRY REACTS POSITIVELY TO EPA'S VOLUMINOUS PESTICIDE CONTAINER AND CONTAINMENT RULE

CropLife and EPA officials discuss requirements under the new rule, which imposes numerous new obligations on registrants.

AN INSIDER LOOK AT BULK PESTICIDE STORAGE IN WISCONSIN

Wisconsin has a twenty-year jump on EPA when it comes to regulating bulk pesticide storage.

THE BOB HOLM ERA CLOSES OUT AT IR-4

In an exclusive exit interview, Dr. Holm discusses ongoing challenges to IR-4's mission of obtaining pesticide clearances for specialty crops.

SURVEY OF STATES' PESTICIDE DRIFT DATA INDICATES POSSIBLE TRENDS

A ten-year series of state surveys suggest a downward trend in enforceable spray drift incidents, although state regulators believe EPA's product managers are failing to consistently apply relevant pesticide label requirements.

NEW METHYL BROMIDE RESTRICTIONS COULD END FUMIGATIONS AT SOME PORT FACILITIES, APHIS WARNS

EPA's decision to impose buffer zones and other risk mitigation measures similar to those adopted in California, according to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, could shut down some facilities by increasing many fold the cost of fumigating imported and exported crops and other commodities to kill exotic pests.

Published bi-weekly, PESTICIDE.NET Insider eJournal provides the inside story on issues important to pesticide registrants, regulators and policy activists. PESTICIDE.NET (www.pesticide.net) also operates the world's leading website for news and regulatory information on conventional, biological and antimicrobial pesticides, with over 10,000 documents and a quarter million visits per month.
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