EPA Issues Final Order on Chlorpyrifos

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Meeting the July 18 deadline set by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a decision against a ban of chlorpyrifos, citing insufficient evidence to warrant discontinuation of the product.

Agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos have been challenged in the U.S. court system since 2007, several years following the removal of the pesticide from household uses. The latest petition to ban chlorpyrifos was filed by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to cancel all uses.

“EPA has determined that their objections must be denied because the data available are not sufficiently valid, complete or reliable to meet petitioners’ burden to present evidence demonstrating that the tolerances are not safe,” the agency said in a statement Thursday.

EPA will continue its ongoing review of chlorpyrifos and make its determination by 2022 or possibly sooner and has been working with registrants on label changes and restrictions to better stewardship.

The case will likely continue, as PANNA and NRDC will likely challenge this Order.

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