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EPA Seeks Comment on Limiting Pyrethroids

Monday, January 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is evaluating whether or not to further restrict uses of synthetic pyrethroid insecticides, including those used for nursery, Christmas tree, and floriculture production, and landscape management. Inappropriate or excessive regulations can significantly impact our industry's lives and livelihood. PLNA and AmericanHort together with the Pyrethroid Working Group ask if you would voice your concerns to help the EPA better understand the important role that pyrethroids serve in providing healthy plants and landscape services and protecting the public.

To help you craft your message, we have created a template that contains information that you may wish to communicate to the EPA.  Your comments will have the greatest impact if you include technical information such as which pyrethroids you use, application rates, methods of application, and how the product is an effective tool in integrated pest management.  This will help EPA refine its assumptions on how pyrethroids are really used.

Including other information on the importance of pyrethroids to your toolbox is helpful as well.  Information on efficacy, economics, resistance management, and lack of alternatives, will help EPA assess the benefits. (For example, not all pyrethroids are applied at maximum label rates and the maximum number of applications to all available acres).

PLNA and AmericanHort thank you for sharing your perspectives on pyrethroids. Your input will provide critical information to help address concerns that the EPA's initial draft risk assessment does not take into account the totality of relevant scientific data and fails to fully recognize the critical role pyrethroids play in the success of our industry and your business.

Comments are due by January 31, 2017. A 60-day extension, to March 31, 2017, may be granted but EPA has not confirmed this yet. Therefore, it is best to respond now.  

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