Pursuant to the authority vested in the Secretary of State and delegated to me, including under the Andean Counterdrug Programs section of the Department of State Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2009, (Division H, Pub. L. 111-8), I hereby determine and certify that: (1) The herbicide used for aerial eradication of illicit crops in Colombia is being used in accordance with EPA label requirements for comparable use in the United States and in accordance with Colombian laws; (2) the herbicide, in the manner it is being used, does not pose unreasonable risks or adverse effects to humans or the environment including endemic species; and (3) complaints of harm to health or licit crops caused by such aerial eradication are thoroughly evaluated and fair compensation is being paid in a timely manner for meritorious claims.
This certification shall be published in the Federal Register, and copies shall be transmitted to the appropriate committees of Congress.Start Signature
Dated: August 7, 2009.
William J. Burns,
Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. E9-20147 Filed 8-20-09; 8:45 am]
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