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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVES TO REDUCE PESTICIDE POLLUTION IN MICHIGAN

 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES
 NEW INITIATIVES TO REDUCE PESTICIDE POLLUTION IN MICHIGAN
 LANSING, Mich., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Three new programs initiated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) will go a long way in reducing the potential for pesticide contamination of Michigan's water resources, MDA Director Bill Schuette announced today.
 One program will collect and dispose of outdated pesticides, one will recycle empty pesticide containers, and another will teach pesticide regulatory officials from all over the country about the proper handling and disposal of the chemicals.
 "The Michigan Department of Agriculture is absolutely committed to protecting the environment by removing outdated pesticides and recycling empty pesticide containers," said Schuette. "We are confident these programs will succeed in greatly reducing any potential threat that an accidental release of these chemicals would pose to ground and surface water."
 The Michigan Clean Sweep program will focus on eliminating any outdated or suspended pesticides that could find their way into the Great Lakes. The first part of the program will sweep through 16 West Michigan counties to help protect Lake Michigan from future contamination. Fully licensed hazardous waste management companies will handle and transport the materials to approved hazardous waste incinerators, landfills or high-temperature furnaces for disposal. The program is based upon the success of an earlier pilot program which collected 120,000 pounds of unusable pesticides from 360 participants in 24 counties. Some of the products that may be in storage and need to be properly disposed of include: DDT, Chlordane, Dieldrin, Aldrin, Heptachlor, and Lead Arsenate.
 The program will be a cooperative effort between MDA, Michigan State University's Cooperative Extension Services (CES), and local health departments. The program will be funded with $100,000 from a variety of sources. The effort has received the support of the Intertribal Fisheries Council, which is concerned about pesticide residues currently found in Great Lakes fish.
 Each year, Michigan growers and applicators use up to 600,000 2 1/2-gallon plastic pesticide containers. In the past, these containers have been dumped in solid waste landfills, burned or stockpiled. The Pesticide Container Recycling Program will collect these containers, grind them into usable granules and recycle the granules into new non-consumer, environmentally safe pesticide containers. Close monitoring will be done to ensure that collected containers have been cleaned to remove any pesticide residue. This will be a cooperative venture between MDA and MSU, The Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA) and Grower Service Corporation, a subsidiary of United Agri Products. Although MDA will assist in the funding for this proposal, it is anticipated that the majority of the funding will come from private sources.
 The third program is the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program, which will be conducted as a joint effort between MDA, Michigan State University and EPA. One aspect of this national pilot project will focus on training state regulatory officials from all over the nation on EPA's new initiatives for the disposal and recycling of used pesticide containers. Participants will be briefed on the new federal requirements, review existing state programs and develop model plans that satisfy the federal mandates. MSU and MDA were successful in obtaining federal funds from EPA to support the program.
 Work has already begun on all three initiatives; full implementation is expected within the next few months.
 According to Schuette, "Today's MDA has as one of its top priorities the environmental stewardship of Michigan's natural resources. After all, our farmers are truly the frontline trustees of the soil and abundant fresh water that cushions and surrounds our Great Lakes state.
 "I think the farmers of Michigan will welcome our efforts, particularly those who have been safely storing outdated pesticides and containers awaiting the technology and means to properly dispose of them. Our aim is to clean up potential contaminants and set into place a structure and a program to prevent future contamination."
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 /CONTACT: Ellen Jones of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, 517-373-1104/ CO: Michigan Department of Agriculture ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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