Aerial Eradication of Illicit Coca and Opium Poppy in Colombia
Certification Related to Aerial Eradication in Colombia Under the Andean Counterdrug Initiative Section of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, Division D, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, (H.R. 4818)
Pursuant to the authority vested in me as Secretary of State, including under the Andean Counterdrug Initiative section of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, Division D, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, (H.R. 4818) (the "FOAA"), I hereby determine and certify that: (1) the herbicide mixture used for fumigation 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; and (2) the herbicide mixture, in the manner it is being used, does not pose unreasonable risks or adverse effects to humans or the environment; (3) that complaints of harm to health or licit crops caused by such fumigation are evaluated and fair compensation is being paid for meritorious claims; and (4) that programs are being implemented by the United States Agency for International Development, the Government of Colombia, or other organizations, in consultation with local communities, to provide alternative sources of income in areas where security permits for small-acreage growers whose illicit crops are targeted for fumigation.
This Certification shall be published in the Federal Register and copies shall be transmitted to the appropriate committees of Congress.
Secretary of State
Environmental and Human Health Assessment of the Aerial Spray Program for Coca and Poppy Control in Colombia, a report prepared for the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) section of the OAS, March 31, 2005 [PDF format]