Date: March 23, 1996
ACCESS PESTICIDE DATABASES, PUBLICATIONS VIA DPR'S INTERNET SITE
SACRAMENTO -- Cal/EPA's Department of Pesticide Regulation has gone
"on-line" with easy Internet access to many of the Department's technical
databases. Press releases, major publications, consumer fact sheets, and
proposed regulations can also be read and downloaded.
DPR's World Wide Web home page is at http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/.
"We have had an internal home page for some time, and a few months ago
began making information available to the public, " said Paul Gosselin,
assistant director of DPR's Division of Enforcement, Environmental
Monitoring, and Data Management. "We have provided Internet access to major
DPR databases, publications, proposals, announcements, and other
Proposed regulations will be routinely placed in the home page. You can
also comment on proposed regulations via E-mail.
"We have also just established a service that allows users to automatically
subscribe to electronic versions of press releases," Gosselin said. "We
plan to expand this service so you can receive registration notices,
meeting announcements and agendas, rulemaking notices, and other regulatory
bulletins automatically via electronic mail."
Among the databases now accessible via the Internet is the Department's
huge "product/label" file. It contains information on more than 30,000
pesticide products that are or have been licensed for sale and use in
California. The database indexes information from the product label,
product name, active ingredients, registration number, formulation,
manufacturer, where it can be used, and target pests.
The chemical dictionary can also be accessed. This is the central
repository for basic information on chemicals contained as either active or
inert ingredients in pesticide products registered in California. The
database contains pesticide common, technical and trade names as well as
Users can also download a list of all pesticide products registered in the
state. The list (located in the "publications" section of the home page) is
In addition, visitors to DPR's home page can look up pesticide laws and
regulations in the electronic version of the Food and Agricultural Code.
There is also an index for the code that is searchable by key word.
Using the home page "people locator," you can look up names, telephone
numbers, locations, and e-mail addresses of DPR employees.
The home page also provides easy links to Web sites maintained by Cal/EPA,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's pesticide program, and other
pesticide-related Internet sites.
"In the coming months, we will be adding to our home page," said Gosselin.
"For example, in cooperation with U.S. EPA, we hope to soon be providing
access to federal registration information on cancelled and active
pesticide products. We think this information will be especially valuable
to the public, agricultural community, and pesticide manufacturers."