Last week, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the Scientific Review Panel (SRP) concluded the risk assessment for chlorpyrifos. Final edits are being made and the report will be delivered to Director Brian Leahy for determination of chlorpyrifos as a toxic air contaminant.
This week, CCM staff has continued to stress the importance of chlorpyrifos as a critical crop protection tool and highlight the grossly unrealistic exposure assessment evaluated by DPR and the SRP. President Joel Nelsen, Executive Vice President Casey Creamer, Director of Government Affairs Alyssa Houtby, and Director of Regulatory Affairs Lori Apodaca participated in several high-level meetings in Sacramento with Cal/EPA Secretary Matt Rodriguez and Undersecretary Gordon Burns, California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, and the Chief of Staff to Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins. Staff also contributed comments to a Bloomberg article titled, “Pesticide Companies, Farmers Say California Air Toxic Finding Weak”.
CCM will continue to advocate for a sound scientific process that properly reflects the protective and responsible use of chlorpyrifos in California.