I don't want to get too far off topic, but I think you're right that the EPA crapped the bed on this. They don't at all take into account drift reduction techniques. If you use a chemlawn gun to make your apps, you've got bigger droplets that are less prone to drift than if you use flat fan nozzles. If you use a shielded sprayer, you're less prone to drift than non-shielded sprayers. But, EPA doesn't account for any of that.
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