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How Does EPA Ensure the Safest Possible Use of Mosquito Dunks?

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How Does EPA Ensure the Safest Possible Use of Mosquito Dunks?

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EPA must evaluate and register the biological mosquito control dunks before they may be sold, distributed, or used in the United States. The Agency is also in the process of reassessing, and reregistering when appropriate, all older pesticides (those registered prior to 1984) to ensure that they meet current scientific standards. To evaluate a mosquito control product for either registration or re-registration, EPA assesses a wide variety of potential human health and environmental effects associated with use of the product. The producer of the mosquito control must provide data from tests done according to EPA guidelines. These tests determine whether the product has the potential to cause adverse effects on humans, wildlife, fish, and plants, including endangered species and nontarget organisms. Other tests help to assess the risks of contaminating surface water or ground water from leaching, runoff, or spray drift. If a pesticide meets EPA requirements, the pesticide is approved for

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