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Where can I find information on glyphosate and weed killers?

"Glyphosate is an organic solid of odorless white crystals...[It] is a non-selective herbicide used on many food and non-food crops as well as non-crop areas such as roadsides. When applied at lower rates, it serves as a plant growth regulator. The most common uses include control of broadleaf weeds and grasses in: hay/pasture, soybeans, field corn; ornamentals, lawns, turf, forest plantings, greenhouses, rights-of-way."

This information is from the Ground Water & Drinking Water Consumer Factsheet on Glyphosate at:
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/pdfs/factsheets/soc/tech/glyphosa.pdfThe list of trade names in this document may help you find out whether you are using this chemical at home or work.

For more information on glyphosate in drinking water, you may contact the Safe Drinking Hotline, which provides information about EPA's drinking water regulations and other related drinking water and ground water topics. They can be contacted at:

Phone: 1-800-426-4791
Safe Drinking Water Hotline
MC 4601M
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

The following Web sites provide additional information on glyphosate.

R.E.D. Facts - Glyphosate (PDF): http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/0178fact.pdf  (7 pp, 43K, About PDF)

Envirofacts Master Chemical Integrator (EMCI) - Chemical References - Chemical References - Glyphosate:

Integrated Risk Information System - Glyphosate (CASRN 1071-83-6):

Information on reregistration of glyphosate is available at:

The links below give tips for environmentally friendly lawn care.

Greenscaping Your Lawn and Garden (PDF): 
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/home-gs.pdf (8 pp, 958K, About PDF)

Read the Label First!:

Healthy Lawn, Healthy Environment - Caring for your Lawn in an Environmentally Friendly Way (PDF):
http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/Publications/lawncare.pdf (19 pp, 5.37MB, About PDF)

You may be interested in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  "In IPM, information about pests and available pest control methods is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment." http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/ipm.htm

You can read more at the Pesticides - Controlling Pests Web area:

The Office of Pesticide Programs’ (OPP) mission is to protect public health and the environment from the risks posed by pesticides, as well as to promote safer means of pest control. For more information you may contact OPP:

For additional information, we suggest that you contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC). NPIC is an EPA-sponsored hotline which provides a variety of impartial information on all pesticides. NPIC provides chemical, health and environmental information on the 600+ active ingredients incorporated into over 50,000 different pesticide products, toxicological information, product label information, cleanup and disposal procedures, and general information on the regulations of pesticides in the United States. The NPIC also receives complaints about pesticides and pesticide applications.

NPIC web page on glyphosphate: http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/glyphosate.html

You may reach the hotline between 6:30 am - 4:30 pm (PST), 7 days a week.

Web site:  http://npic.orst.edu/ Exit EPA Disclaimer  
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-858-7378
Email: npic@ace.orst.edu

Mailing Address:
National Pesticide Information Center
Oregon State University
333 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-6502

You may also be interested in viewing the following related Frequently Asked Questions: 

Where can I locate information and publications about pesticides?: http://publicaccess.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23012&task=knowledge&questionID=24391 

Where can I get information about the health of effects of chemicals?: http://publicaccess.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23012&task=knowledge&questionID=24303 


External Links Disclaimer: Please be aware that links to non-EPA sites do not imply any official EPA endorsement. Furthermore, EPA does not accept any responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data or products presented at those locations, or guarantee the validity of the information provided. EPA does not guarantee the suitability of the information for any specific purpose.



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  • Topic #: 23002-24141
  • Date Created: 9/21/2005
  • Last Modified Since: 10/9/2014
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