NASDA Commends EPA Decision on Chlorpyrifos Petition

Release Date: 03/29/2017

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Amanda Bryant Culp
Director, Communications
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
(202) 296-9680, amanda@nasda.org

Washington, DC, March 29, 2017 – The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to decline a petition to revoke tolerances for chlorpyrifos, which is integral for crop protection, including resistance management and integrated pest management (IPM) in more than 100 countries.    

NASDA President and Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Dr. Mike Strain praised the EPA for sticking to its rigorous, scientific risk assessment and registration review process for crop protection tools.   

“We commend the EPA for its decision today that keeps an important insecticide available for farmers.   By maintaining the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for chlorpyrifos, agricultural use of this important tool will continue, significant disruption of international trade is avoided, and harmonization efforts may continue globally. As state regulatory partners with EPA, we look forward to continuing to work with the Agency to ensure current and future tools are reviewed in a rigorous, scientifically sound, and transparent manner.”

NASDA submitted comments to EPA in January 2016 requesting the Agency reevaluate its proposed tolerance revocations in compliance with the law and regulations that mandate a science-based review.     

NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders. Learn more about NASDA at www.nasda.org.

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