CA DPR Opens Comment Period for State Restricted Material Classification for Chlorpyrifos
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.
Dow AgroSciences recognizes the need of its California customers for continued flexibility in their use of chlorpyrifos. This is particularly true for the protection of California fruits, nuts and vegetables where chlorpyrifos is a key component of long-established integrated pest management programs and where growers already have very limited technology options for use in preventing pest resistance.
Dow AgroSciences believes that the weight of the science clearly demonstrates that currently authorized uses of chlorpyrifos provide wide margins of protection. We are strongly committed to stewardship of our products and expect our California customers who use them to be good stewards of their land and use them properly.
Dow AgroSciences is still reviewing the DPR’s proposal and will respond to specifics later. However, our basic view is that any remaining regulatory concerns about chlorpyrifos use can be addressed without imposing restricted use status on our grower-customers, and we expect to work with California regulators to that end.
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