Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Just in from Washington



EPA Begins Process for Re-Registering Fumigants

Washington--The Environmental Protection Agency recently published a notice in the Federal Register  initiating the re-registration review of 15 fumigant pesticides, including phosphine, chloropicrin, dazomet, methyl bromide and others. The dockets on these fumigants remain open until Nov. 25. 

The publication of the notice is the first stage in a multi-year process that will determine the pesticides' continued use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.  Final decisions for some of these products will not be made until 2020.  EPA is inviting stakeholders to register their views on the use of the fumigants as EPA conducts studies on the human health and environmental risk assessment of each pesticide to determine whether it would result in "unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment." Comments may be filed at http://www.regulations.gov/.

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