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Pesticide News Story: EPA Seeks Independent Scientific Review on Banning Certain Mouse and Rat Poisons

For Release: September 7, 2011

To better protect children, pets, and wildlife, EPA is moving forward with actions announced in June to ban the sale to consumers of the most toxic rat and mouse poisons, as well as consumer rodenticide products that use loose bait and pellets. EPA is convening a meeting of the Agency’s science advisory committee this fall to obtain input on a Notice of Intent to Cancel (NOIC) certain rodenticide products that have not adopted the Agency’s new safety measures. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will consider the effect of the proposed cancellations on health and the environment, and will review the scientific assessment underlying EPA’s NOIC. The NOIC will discuss why the Agency believes certain rodenticide products no longer meet the pesticide statute’s registration standard and may cause unreasonable adverse effects on human health and the environment when used in accordance with the label and accepted widespread practice. EPA will seek comments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the SAP prior to issuing the NOIC to the manufacturers of the nonconforming rodenticide products.

The public will have an opportunity to provide comment at the FIFRA SAP meeting, which is scheduled to be held on November 29 through December 1, 2011 in EPA’s Potomac Yard South Building in Arlington, Virginia. For details, see EPA’s announcement of this meeting in the September 7, 2011 Federal Register.

In 2008, EPA issued the Risk Mitigation Decision for Ten Rodenticides, which informed rodenticide producers of risk reduction measures needed for rodenticide products to continue to meet the FIFRA registration standard. Changes in rodenticide products are essential to reduce the accidental exposures of children and to protect household pets and wildlife. EPA gave manufacturers of rodenticide products three years to develop and adopt the risk reduction measures. All but three manufacturers have done so voluntarily (Reckitt Benckiser Inc. makers of D-Con, Fleeject, and Mimas; Spectrum Group makers of Hot Shot; and Liphatech Inc. makers of Generation, Maki, and Rozol rodent control products). EPA will pursue cancellation against these manufacturers’ affected products in accordance with FIFRA.

EPA emphasizes that a number of household rodent control products that meet the Agency’s new, more protective risk reduction goals are available to consumers. When used as directed on the label, these products can help consumers control household rodents while greatly reducing accidental exposure to children, pets and wildlife. These new more protective products are listed on EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/rodenticides/rodent-bait-station.html.

For more information on EPA’s review of rodenticides, please visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/mice-and-rats/.

For further information on the FIFRA SAP meeting, please visit docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0718 at http://www.regulations.gov.

For additional information on the pesticide cancellation process, please visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/cancellations.htm.

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