May. 17, 2017
Chlorpyrifos is a highly efficient, broad spectrum and safe organophosphorus insecticide and miticide, which is one of the most widely used pesticides, with a most desirable price performance ratio.
It is one of the products with largest number of toxicology research data, also with most complete safe-use instructions. At present, the product is indispensable in the market.
The refusal of the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to endorse the elimination of Chlorpyrifos shows the position taken by the relevant U.S. government departments. The decision shall be taken via scientific means instead of the subjective judgement used by some organizations. This could be an indication of the future market prospects for Chlorpyrifos improving.
On March 29th,2017, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide crucial to U.S. agriculture.
“We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Pruitt. “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.”
“This is a welcome decision grounded in evidence and science,” said Sheryl Kunickis, director of the Office of Pest Management Policy at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “It means that this important pest management tool will remain available to growers, helping to ensure an abundant and affordable food supply for this nation and the world. This frees American farmers from significant trade disruptions that could have been caused by an unnecessary, unilateral revocation of chlorpyrifos tolerances in the United States. It is also great news for consumers, who will continue to have access to a full range of both domestic and imported fruits and vegetables. We thank our colleagues at EPA for their hard work.”
In October 2015, under the previous Administration, EPA proposed to revoke all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos, an active ingredient in insecticides. This proposal was issued in response to a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Pesticide Action Network North America. The October 2015 proposal largely relied on certain epidemiological study outcomes, whose application is novel and uncertain, to reach its conclusions.