The U.S. EPA denied the objections to the agency's March 29, 2017 order denying a 2007 petition from the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to revoke all tolerances and cancel all registrations for the insecticide chlorpyrifos.
The availability of pesticides, like chlorpyrifos, is relied upon by farmers to control a variety of insect pests and by public health officials who work to control deadly and debilitating pests like mosquitos. To address these essential needs, CropLife America (CLA) is encouraged that EPA has chosen to expedite the regulatory review.
A decision that reinforces the integrity of the registration process, protection of consumers and the needs of farmers and health officials who rely on this vital tool. Pesticide registrations involve extensive testing and complex scientific analysis that are the foundation for pesticide regulatory decisions.
A thorough review process is integral to determining the safety of pesticides, which is why CLA supports increased funding that will help ensure EPA has adequate resources to continue its important work regulating pesticide use."
Corteva's statement regarding EPA's decision is below:
We support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determination regarding chlorpyrifos as well as the Agency's decision to expedite the Registration Review process that is currently underway. Completion of Registration Review will provide needed certainty to growers who rely on chlorpyrifos and needed reassurance for the public that labelled uses will not pose unacceptable risk to public health or the environment.
It is common for the federally-mandated Registration Review process to result in impactful label changes, which could include elimination of select product uses. We are committed to working with the Agency as it seeks to make an accurate assessment and, if necessary, reduce potential exposures, while also ensuring that growers for whom chlorpyrifos is a critical tool can continue to use the product safely.
Chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely studied crop protection products in the world. Labelled uses of chlorpyrifos rest on five decades of experience in use, health surveillance of manufacturing workers and applicators, and more than 4,000 studies and reports examining the product in terms of health, safety and the environment.