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Pesticide info from EPA



EPA RELEASES REPORT OF 1996-97 ESTIMATED PESTICIDE 
SALES AND USAGE IN THE UNITED STATES

EPA has released its biennial pesticide usage report, "Pesticide 
Industry Sales and Usage - 1996-1997 Market Estimates."  This 
publication reports estimates based on available information taken 
from Agency records, United States Department of Agriculture surveys 
of pesticide usage, and other public and proprietary sources.  The 
report indicates a continuation of recent trends in pesticide use in 
1996 and 1997.  The overall total U.S. use for all types of pesticide 
active ingredients is about 4.6 billion pounds per year.  Agricultural
use accounted for slightly more than three-fourths of the total of 1.23 
billion pounds of conventional  pesticides (including sulfur and petroleum 
products) in 1997.  The remaining nearly one-fourth of conventional 
pesticide use is split about evenly between applications by homeowners 
(11 percent) and professional applications in non-agriculture sectors 
(12 percent).  The report contains estimates of use in 1997 for other 
types of pesticide active ingredients as follows:  0.66 billion pounds 
for wood preservatives, 0.27 billion pounds for specialty biocides (for 
water treatment, disinfection, sanitizers, etc.), and nearly 2.5 billion 
pounds for chlorine/hypochlorites (used for various disinfectant and water
treatment uses).  To obtain a copy of the report, call or write:  U.S. EPA, 
NCEPI, P. O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242-2419; telephone 513-489-8190.

The report is available on the Agency's home page at:  
http://www.epa.gov/oppbead1/pestsales.


Margaret Nover
Pollution Prevention Program
City of Portland, Oregon
(503) 823-7623
margaret@bes.ci.portland.or.us