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Soil Fumigant Regulatory Background

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Current as of May 2013

Regulatory Background

EPA’s Soil Fumigant Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs): In May 2009, after consulting with stakeholders and obtaining extensive public input, EPA issued Amended Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) for the soil fumigant pesticides, including final new safety measures to increase protections for agricultural workers and bystanders. These measures will work together to establish a baseline for safe use of the soil fumigants throughout the United States, reducing fumigant exposures and significantly improving safety.

Next Steps – Registration Review:  A substantial amount of research is currently under way to address current data gaps and to refine understanding of factors that affect fumigant emissions. Additionally, new technologies to reduce emissions are emerging. EPA has moved the soil fumigants forward in Registration Review from 2017 to 2013. This will allow EPA to consider new data and technologies sooner, determine whether the mitigation included in the reregistration decision is effectively addressing the risks as EPA believes it will, and include other soil fumigants that were not part of the last review.

For More Information:

Soil Fumigant Dockets: EPA’s soil fumigant decision documents and related information is available in the following individual fumigant dockets at Regulations.gov.

EPA Soil Fumigant Contacts:

Chloropicrin – Carolyn Schroeder (Schroeder.carolyn@epa.gov), (703) 308-2961

Dazomet – Dana Friedman (friedman.dana@epa.gov), (703) 347-8827

1,3-Dichloropropene – Margaret Hathaway (Hathaway.margaret@epa.gov), (703) 305-5076

Iodomethane – Katie Weyrauch (Weyrauch.katie@epa.gov), (703) 308-0166

Metam Sodium/Potassium

Methyl Bromide – Susan Bartow (bartow.susan@epa.gov), (703) 603-0065

General Soil Fumigant Contacts:

Cathryn O’Connell (oconnell.cathryn@epa.gov)
Team Leader
(703) 308-0136

John Leahy (leahy.john@epa.gov)
Senior Advisor
(703) 305-6703

Contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at 1-800-858-7378 or http://npic.orst.edu/ for general information about soil fumigants, to learn about how to report a potential incident or activity of concern, and for other pesticide related questions.

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