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Millions of pounds of unwanted pesticides have accumulated in barns throughout our country. The potential environmental and health risks posed by this situation has garnered public attention and governmental action. The federal government has revised its Universal Waste Rule so that it is easier to dispose of unwanted pesticides rather than simply banned pesticides. Nearly every state has initiated efforts to collect and dispose of accumulated pesticides in a safe manner. While the possession of unwanted pesticides generally is not illegal, producers need to follow requisite legal requirements and dispose of pesticides properly to avoid legal infractions. To assist producers, the implementation of a permanent apparatus is advised for the disposal of unwanted pesticides. Through an evaluation of state collection endeavors, this paper identifies important features that may be offered as initiatives for developing better responses for eliminating sources of potential contamination.

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