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

10/13/2010 -

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.

The following points on chlorpyrifos may add perspective to the concerns that PANNA has expressed.

  • Chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely used pest control products in the world. It is registered for use in about 100 nations, including the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Current uses of chlorpyrifos have been carefully evaluated by regulatory authorities charged with the protection of public health in terms of potential exposures to children and others. In the U.S. and other developed nations, these evaluations have taken place – and are continuing to take place – within a well-defined, transparent, science-based regulatory process in which information from new studies and input from third-parties – including the perspectives of groups opposed to pesticides – are thoroughly considered by the Agency. PANNA’s press release represents an effort to circumvent that process.
  • EPA’s extensive assessment of chlorpyrifos and its health-based rationale for allowing continued uses are publicly posted on the Agency’s Web site for stakeholder review. Current uses are allowed under federal law because regulatory assessments have demonstrated that exposures from authorized treatments do not pose risks of regulatory concern.
  • Labeled uses of chlorpyrifos rest on more than four decades of experience in use, health surveillance of manufacturing workers and applicators and more than 3,600 studies and reports examining the product in terms of human health and the environment. No pest control product has been more thoroughly tested.

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