Thursday, March 30, 2017

EPA has Ruled on The Petition to Revoke all Tolerances for Chlorpyrifos

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, signed an order on March 29, 2017 denying a petition that sought to revoke all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos, an insecticide used effectively in U.S. agriculture since 1965. 


"By reversing the previous administration’s steps to ban one of the
most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to 
using 

sound science in decision-making – rather than predetermined results."
 

   - Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator 


The subject of this decision loomed large in the 2016-2017 winter meetings because of the possible loss of this pest management tool used in many of our important regional crops. A point of emphasis was the potential loss of this organophosphate insecticide in Soybean aphid (SBA) management programs.