The court imposed deadline for EPA to accept or deny the petition, to maintain or cancel the existing tolerances for chlorpyrifos is fast approaching.

Chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely used active ingredients in insecticides worldwide.  It was first registered in 1965 and to today it is registered in nearly 100 countries for use on more than 50 crops, including citrus, on a wide range of pests.  For many important pests, growers have limited or no alternative to chlorpyrifos.  When a new pest outbreak occurs it is often what growers go to as the first-line of defense.

EPA is poised to make a decision by March 31, 2017, on whether to grant a 2007 petition to revoke all tolerances of chlorpyrifos.  EPA repeatedly claimed it needs to act quickly because of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ response deadline. It appears this deadline is being used as a convenient excuse to override sound science and abandon the registration review process required in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).  EPA’s actions thus far favor expediency over established, scientifically sound analysis mandated by the statute in order to implement its policy shift on chlorpyrifos.

Since 2014, CCM has been part of a broad coalition working to maintain chlorpyrifos registrations.  This week we were one of 40 commodity and trade organizations from around the nation that signed a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, calling on EPA to deny the petition, to maintain existing tolerances, and to complete FIFRA’s registration review process for chlorpyrifos.