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Important EPA Public Comment Period Open on the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Endangered Species Act (ESA) Biological Opinion (BiOp) for Chlorpyrifos, Malathion, and Diazinon

04/23/2018 - “On March 23, 2018, EPA opened a 60-day public comment period on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Biological Opinion (BiOp) issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service for chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon."

                                                                    Related: Human Health » EPA » Registration Review » Chlorpryifos in the News

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Dow AgroSciences Statement on Chlorpyrifos and California Proposition 65

11/30/2017 - Dow AgroSciences strongly disagrees with the California Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity Identification Committee (DART IC) decision to list chlorpyrifos under Proposition 65...

Related: Human Health » Protecting People » Toxicology

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EPA Denial of Chlorpyrifos Ban Sets Pro-Science Precedent

08/10/2017 - EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s action in denying the petition to effectively ban chlorpyrifos was clearly a defense of sound science, halting an activist-driven effort to use junk science in order to justify an unwarranted chemical ban."

Related: Human Health » EPA » Registration Review » Chlorpryifos in the News

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U.S. EPA Denies Activist Petition and Retains all Chlorpyrifos Tolerances

03/29/2017 - In its release today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would not proceed forward at this time with any restrictions for chlorpyrifos or changes to U.S. tolerances, and that in doing so it was rejecting a petition from activist groups which had sought a ban on all food crop uses of the product.

Related: Human Health » EPA » Registration Review » Chlorpryifos in the News

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Dow AgroSciences, U.S. Farmers Disagree with U.S. EPA Proposal to Revoke Chlorpyrifos Tolerances

11/10/2016 - In its release today of a pre-publication copy of the Notice of Data Availability (NODA) related to its assessment of the human health risks associated with the insecticide chlorpyrifos, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took another step toward finalizing its proposal to revoke all food tolerances for this critical tool for U.S. agriculture.

                                    Related: Human Health » EPA » Registration Review » Chlorpryifos in the News

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Stakeholders Provide Feedback for US EPA’s Draft Biological Evaluations for Endangered Species

06/13/2016 - During June of 2016, Dow AgroSciences, CropLife America, and many other stakeholders submitted comments to U.S. EPA concerning ...

Related: Endangered Species » ESA Regulatory Process

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Objections Voiced by EPA SAP to Use of “Single Study” Epidemiology Data in Setting Chlorpyrifos Health and Safety Standards

04/28/2016 - Dow AgroSciences appreciated the opportunity to observe and participate in EPA’s recent Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) proceedings on the use of epidemiology data in setting health and safety standards for the regulation of chlorpyrifos and other insecticides in the future..

                                    Related: Human Health » EPA  » Chlorpyrifos and Health Questions

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Dow AgroSciences Statement Concerning US EPA’s Announcement of Proposed Future Chlorpyrifos Tolerance (MRL) Changes

04/25/2016 - On October 30, 2015, U.S. EPA announced that they were partially granting an NGO petition and would soon open a public comment period on a proposed withdrawal of all U.S. food tolerances (MRLs) for the insecticide chlorpyrifos-ethyl.

                                    Related: Human Health » EPA » registration review

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Chlorpyrifos Benefits Highlighted by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Academia, and Industry Groups

03/18/2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture, major research and extension universities, and industry groups have provided EPA with extensive information concerning the benefits and importance of chlorpyrifos...

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Dow AgroSciences Statement Concerning US EPA’s Announcement of Proposed Future Chlorpyrifos Tolerance (MRL) Changes

10/30/2015 - On October 30, 2015, U.S. EPA announced that they are partially granting an NGO petition and will open a public comment period on a proposed withdrawal of all U.S. food tolerances (MRLs) for the insecticide, chlorpyrifos-ethyl....

Related: Human Health » EPA » registration review

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Chlorpyrifos Celebrates its 50th Year

09/28/2015 - Some fifty years after its commercial introduction, chlorpyrifos continues to be one of the most widely-used active ingredients for agricultural insect control in the world. First registered in the U.S. in September 1965...

Related: Human Health » Protecting People » Toxicology

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EPA Concludes Chlorpyrifos Poses no Endocrine Disruption Risks

07/01/2015 - Following review of a battery of new studies and completion of a “weight of evidence” assessment, EPA has concluded that chlorpyrifos poses no endocrine disruption risks and is recommending no further testing...

Related: Human Health » Protecting People » Toxicology

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EPA’s Most Recent (June, 2015) Status Report to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Its Progress in Responding to Activist Petition

06/30/2015 - On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a status report with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals describing the Agency’s plans to respond to an activist petition filed in 2007 seeking the cancellation of chlorpyrifos registrations ...

                                                                      Related: Human Health » EPA » registration review

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EPA Revised Human Health Assessment Published for Comments

01/14/2015 - Today EPA published in the Federal Register, the notice of availability of the revised human health assessment for chlorpyrifos and the opening of the docket for a 60-day public comment period...

Related: Human Health » EPA » registration review

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Chlorpyrifos Weight of the Evidence Shows No Potential for Endocrine-Mediated Effects

06/14/2013 - Chlorpyrifos has “no potential to interact with the endocrine system,” particularly in light of current authorized uses, according to a recently published, peer-reviewed, weight of the evidence evaluation of all relevant studies. The report considers an 11-assay battery of tests designed by EPA...

Related: Human Health » Protecting People » Toxicology

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Court Sets Aside BiOp, Finds Proposed Salmon-Related Restrictions “Arbitrary and Capricious”

03/13/2013 - In February 2013, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a federal agency’s call for new salmon-related restrictions on chlorpyrifos and two other pesticides under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), deeming the restrictions “arbitrary and capricious” and “not the product of reasoned decision-making...”

Related: ESA » endangered species » salmon » lawsuit » NMFS assessment » BiOp » propsed restrictions

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EPA Announcement on Chlorpyrifos and Spray Drift

07/18/2012 - Dow AgroSciences acknowledges recent EPA actions reaffirming regulatory authorizations for the continued use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos in U.S. agriculture. In today’s actions, the Agency has rejected a number of key historical objections offered by pesticide opponents; clarified chlorpyrifos use relative to the potential for bystander exposure; and reaffirmed EPA’s long-standing commitment to transparent, science-based regulatory policies in requiring weight-of-the-evidence evaluations to address inconsistencies in the findings of epidemiology and animal research...

Related: EPA announcement » spray drift » label amendments » label changes » sensitive individuals

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Perspective – Recent Claims About Links Between Chlorpyrifos and Brain Anomalies

05/04/2012 - Dow AgroSciences is evaluating closely a recent publication by Columbia University researchers claiming to have noted links between prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure and subtle changes in brain development (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published ahead of print, April 30, 2012). The study focuses on differences in MRI scans between two groups of 20 children that the study authors believe had “high” vs. “low” prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure...

Related: brain anomalies » Columbia study » Columbia University

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EPA to Convene New Scientific Advisory Panel Review of Chlorpyrifos

03/26/2012 - As part of the ongoing Registration Review process for chlorpyrifos, EPA has announced that it will be convening a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting during April 10-13 to seek expert guidance on the best way to integrate research findings for chlorpyrifos in a data-rich environment with studies conducted by different methods, in different fields (e.g., toxicology vs. epidemiology), for different purposes and with different limitations. Dow AgroSciences is encouraged that EPA is actively seeking to use the best available science in its evaluation of chlorpyrifos...

Related: SAP » EPA SAP » Scientific Advisory Panel » SAP review » FIFRA

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Chlorpyrifos Weight of the Evidence Shows No Potential for Endocrine-Mediated Effects

06/14/2013 - Chlorpyrifos has “no potential to interact with the endocrine system,” particularly in light of current authorized uses, according to a recently published, peer-reviewed, weight of the evidence evaluation of all relevant studies. The report considers an 11-assay battery of tests designed by EPA...

Related: Human Health » Protecting People » Toxicology

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Agricultural Stakeholders Tell EPA Why They Need Chlorpyrifos Uses Retained

11/02/2011 - Continued access to the insecticide chlorpyrifos is important for successful production of a wide range of U.S. crops, according to public comments submitted by agricultural stakeholders on a preliminary EPA chlorpyrifos regulatory assessment released during July of 2011...

Related: grower comments » agricultural stakeholders » chlorpyrifos benefits

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Dow AgroSciences Responds to EPA's Preliminary Chlorpyrifos Human Health Assessment

10/18/2011 - In a detailed, 900-page response to EPA’s preliminary chlorpyrifos human health assessment (submitted October 5), Dow AgroSciences notes significant areas in which the current EPA assessment represents an advance over past assessments of chlorpyrifos completed by the Agency -- as well as some areas for improvement...

        Related: EPA human health assessment » preliminary human health assessment » Dow AgroSciences response

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Dow AgroSciences Offers a Brief Review of EPA’s Preliminary Chlorpyrifos Human Health Assessment

07/28/2011 - In its upcoming submission to the EPA docket, Dow AgroSciences will be responding in detail to all of the parts of the draft chlorpyrifos human health assessment that the Agency has posted thus far...

Related: EPA human health assessment » preliminary human health assessment » Dow AgroSciences review

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Dow AgroSciences Requests Extension of Public Comment Period for EPA Human Health Assessment of Chlorpyrifos

07/22/2011 - Dow AgroSciences (DAS) is requesting extension of the public comment period for the preliminary human health assessment for chlorpyrifos , which was recently released by EPA as part of its Registration Review program. This opened a 60-day public comment period on the preliminary human health risk assessment which will close on September 6, 2011...

            Related: registration review » open comment period » EPA human health assessment » preliminary human health assessment » extension » regulatory process

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EPA Human Health Assessment of Chlorpyrifos to be Released July 1

07/01/2011 - - EPA is expected to post a preliminary human health assessment of chlorpyrifos on its Website by the end of Friday, July 1. This is the first full human health assessment for a pesticide to be completed under EPA’s Registration Review program, which was first initiated for chlorpyrifos in 2009 and which is expected to conclude in 2015...

Related: human health assessment » EPA human health assessment » registration review » regulatory process

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Court Calls for Judicial Review of Agency's Biological Opinion for Salmon

03/03/2011 - A highly controversial National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) assessment concluding that farmers in California and the Pacific Northwest need to adopt stringent new restrictions in order to protect salmon from exposure to pesticides will now undergo judicial review, based on a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...

Related: salmon » BiOp » NMFS

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EPA Science Advisory Panel to Use Chlorpyrifos Data for Improving Health Risk Assessment Exposure Modeling

01/05/2011 - A panel of independent scientific advisors convened by EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Rodenticide and Fungicide Act is scheduled to meet in February to evaluate a new approach to health risk assessment, using data on chlorpyrifos as a case study. The new approach is believed to offer regulators more refined, more scientifically defensible risk assessments, thus reducing scientific uncertainties and potentially diminishing the use of extreme, worst-case assumptions in regulatory decision-making...

Related: health risk assessment » improving exposure modeling » chlorpyrifos data » SAP » Scientific Advisory Panel » EPA SAP » FIFRA » new data » regulatory process

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CA DPR Opens Comment Period for State Restricted Material Classification for Chlorpyrifos

10/06/2014 - The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has opened a 45-day comment period (until 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2014) for stakeholder input on a proposal to make chlorpyrifos a State Restricted Material. ...

Related: EPA » registration review

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EPA Rejects Call For Interim Buffer Zones for Organophosphates, Other Pesticides

04/01/2014 - Reaffirming a commitment to “case-by-case chemical-specific risk assessment,” EPA has rejected (March 2014) a petition filed by pesticide opponents calling for interim buffer zones for entire classes of pesticides in order to further limit potential bystander exposure to airborne off-target movement while the Agency is completing its assessments on individual organophosphate...

            Related: EPA » registration review » volatility » bystander exposure » buffer zones

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New Study on Bee Larvae Diet Does Not Reflect Real-World Pesticide Exposures

02/14/2014 - -Why honey bee colonies are reportedly disappearing in the U.S. and Europe at faster rates today than previously is a question increasingly being asked. Every month, new reports emerge advancing theories on why this phenomenon – popularly known as colony collapse disorder – seems to be occurring. ...

Related: WIildlife & Environment » Wildlife Safety

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Response to PANNA’s renewed call for regulatory authorities to halt current uses of the insecticide chlorpyrifos

10/14/2010 - The perspectives of the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) on pesticides, and on chlorpyrifos in particular, are well known and have been thoroughly evaluated by regulatory authorities in the past. The concerns raised in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, orchestrated by PANNA, are already being evaluated by EPA in the normal course of regulatory review...

            Related: PANNA » chlorpyrifos restrictions » Lisa Jackson letter » EPA » EPA letter

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EPA Seeks Public Comment on Industry Petition for Endangered Species Process Improvements

07/28/2010 - - A highly controversial National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) assessment concluding that farmers in California and the Pacific Northwest need to adopt stringent new restrictions in order to protect salmon from exposure to pesticides will now undergo judicial review, based on a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...

Related: ESA » endangered species » salmon » West Coast » ESA restrictions » NMFS » NMFS assessment » BiOp » grower comments » proposed restrictions » Pacific salmon » public comment » regulatory process

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Perspective: Activists File Suit Against EPA Over Chlorpyrifos Registrations and Tolerances

07/23/2010 - Dow AgroSciences is evaluating closely a recent publication by Columbia University researchers claiming to have noted links between prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure and subtle changes in brain development (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published ahead of print, April 30, 2012). The study focuses on differences in MRI scans between two groups of 20 children that the study authors believe had “high” vs. “low” prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure...

            Related: lawsuit » activists » anti-pesticide » opposition » chlorpyrifos tolerances » EPA lawsuit

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Impasse Reached on West Coast Endangered Species Act Restrictions

05/10/2010 - Four crop protection product manufacturers – Dow AgroSciences, Makhteshim-Agan of North America, Cheminova and Gharda Chemicals Ltd. – advised EPA on Friday, May 7, 2010, that they would not voluntarily agree to new restrictions based on a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) assessment on the use of the insecticides chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion in the Western U.S.

Related: ESA » endangered species » salmon » West Coast » ESA restrictions » NMFS » NMFS assessment » BiOp » grower comments » proposed restrictions » Pacific salmon

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CropLife America and Three Registrants Give Notice That They Are Prepared to Sue EPA Over Endangered Species Act Restrictions

04/16/2010 - CropLife America and three pesticide registrants – Cheminova, Inc.; Dow AgroSciences; and Makhteshim Agan of North America – have filed notice that they are prepared to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to fulfill its statutory obligations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), specifically as it relates to salmon habitat in the western U.S.

Related: lawsuit » activists » anti-pesticide » opposition » chlorpyrifos tolerances » EPA lawsuit » ESA » ESA restrictions » chlorpyrifos registrants» CropLife America » Section 1010 » proposed restrictions

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From Capitol Press: States Weigh in on EPA’s No-spray Buffers

03/21/2010 - The directors of Washington and Oregon state agriculture departments have made it very clear to the EPA that the agency has not been diligent about following the dictates of the Endangered Species Act where it concerns impact to the agricultural industry...

Related: No-spray buffers » buffer zones » spray zones » agricultural stakeholders » ESA » Endangered Species Act » proposed restrictions

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Dow AgroSciences, Makhteshim-Agan and Cheminova Petition EPA to Consider Ag Stakeholder Input on Endangered Species Restrictions

01/20/2010 - Three crop protection product manufacturers – Dow AgroSciences, Makhteshim-Agan of North America and Cheminova – have filed a petition calling on EPA to adopt transparent procedures allowing public notice and comment on Endangered Species Act decisions. The petition is prompted by the essentially ad hoc process that EPA is currently using to impose label amendments and county-specific restrictions related to salmon in more than 112 million acres of key agricultural and timber production areas of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California...

Related: chlorpyrifos registrants » EPA petition » ESA » ESA restrictions » proposed restrictions » agricultural stakeholders

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