Apr. 12, 2017
The U.S. EPA has received specific exemption requests from the West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture to use the insecticide dinotefuran to treat pome and stone fruit orchards to control the brown marmorated stinkbug.
The applicants propose a use which is supported by the Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) program, has been requested in 5 or more previous years, and a petition for tolerance has not been submitted to the Agency. Therefore, EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemptions.
Dinotefuran is a neonicotinoid insecticide developed by Mitsui Chemicals for control of insect pests such as aphids, whiteflies, thrips, leafhoppers, leafminers, sawflies, mole cricket and cockroaches on leafy vegetables, in residential and commercial buildings, and for professional turf management.
In this January, EPA has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for dinotefuran which reveals that most approved uses do not pose significant risks to bee colonies, however, spray applications to a few crops, such as cucumbers, berries, and cotton, may pose risks to bees that come in direct contact with residue.
Public comments must be received on or before April 25, 2017.