CropLife America (CLA) praised leaders of the 116th Congress for passing a long-term Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) reauthorization that will strengthen and improve pesticide registration through 2023. House and Senate leadership, congressional appropriators and authorizing committees (House and Senate Ag, and House Energy and Commerce) have worked diligently over the past two years to preserve the benefits and process improvements first realized with PRIA’s original enactment in 2004.
“PRIA represents a collaborative effort between a diverse group of organizations ranging from agriculture, commercial pesticide users, state and federal regulators, and environmental advocacy groups,” said Chris Novak, CLA president and CEO. “This law provides certainty for consumers, farmers and our members, ensuring pesticides are reviewed and re-reviewed in a thorough and timely manner.”
“I especially appreciate the tireless efforts of Pat Roberts, Debbie Stabenow, Collin Peterson, Mike Conaway and Rodney Davis who all made significant contributions to seeing this important PRIA reauthorization through,” stated Beau Greenwood, CLA executive vice president, government relations and public affairs.
The original intent of PRIA was to establish a more predictable and effective registration and evaluation process for pesticide decisions. The law couples the collection of fees with specific decision review periods. This reauthorization includes technical changes and extends authority for the Environmental Protection Agency to collect updated pesticide registration and maintenance fees through 2023.