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2006-2007 Pesticide Market Estimates: Usage (Page 4)

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3.9  Pesticide Amount Used in the United States: Other

The total amount of other pesticides used in the United States was more than 300 million pounds in 2006 and more than 275 million pounds in 2007 (see Table 3.11). The pesticides in this group include sulfur; petroleum oil; other chemicals used as pesticides, such as sulfuric acid; insect repellents (e.g., DEET); moth control products (e.g., paradichlorobenzene); and others. In 2007, nearly all of the sulfur and oil used (84%) was in the agricultural sector, while the use of the other pesticides in this group was mainly in the agricultural and home and garden sectors (91%). The decrease in the amount used from 2006 to 2007 resulted mainly from a decrease in the use of other pesticides in the agricultural sector. Nearly three-fourths of the total amount of sulfur, oil, and other pesticides used was in the agricultural sector. The estimated use levels rely on the amount used and changes in the amount used of sulfur, oil, and other pesticides by sector and type derived from public and proprietary EPA databases.

Table 3.11
Other Pesticides Used in the United States
By Pesticide Type and Market Sector, 2006 and 2007 Estimates

Year
Sulfur & Oil (1)
Other (2)
Total
Sector Mil lbs % Mil lbs % Mil lbs %
2006
Agriculture 159 85 64 54 223 73
Ind/Comm/Gov 14 7 8 7 22 7
Home & Garden 15 8 46 39 61 20
Total 188 100 118 100 306 100
2007
Agriculture 152 84 41 43 193 70
Ind/Comm/Gov 14 8 8 8 22 8
Home & Garden 15 8 46 48 61 22
Total 181 100 95 100 276 100

Note: Totals may not add due to rounding. Table estimates do not include conventional pesticides, wood preservatives, specialty biocides, or chlorine/hypochlorites. The abbreviation “a.i.” is for active ingredient.

Source: EPA estimates based on USDA/NASS and EPA proprietary data. See Tables 5.5 to 5.8 for 1988–2007 estimates. Due to lack of available data, the estimated amount of sulfur and petroleum oil and the estimated amount of other pesticides in the industry/commercial/government sector were carried forward from the 2001 report.
(1) “Sulfur and Oil” includes sulfur, petroleum distillate, and petroleum oil.
(2) “Other” includes sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid, insect repellents, zinc sulfate, moth control chemicals (e.g., paradichlorobenzene and naphthalene), and other miscellaneous chemicals used as pesticides but produced largely for non-pesticidal purposes.

3.10 Pesticide Amount Used in the United States: Specialty Biocides and Wood Preservatives

Table 3.12 and Table 3.13 show the total amount of specialty biocides and wood preservatives by end-use market in the United States in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Specialty biocides include water treatment chemicals, disinfectants and sanitizers, and products for other uses, such as in adhesives, sealants, and leather. More than 80% of the total amount of specialty biocides used in 2006 and 2007 were water treatment chemicals. Wood preservatives include waterborne preservatives, oilborne preservatives, and creosote. Creosote accounted for 78% of the total wood preservative amount used in 2007.

Table 3.12
Specialty Biocides Used in the United States
By End-Use Market, 2006 and 2007 Estimates

Year Total
End Use Mil lbs %    
2006
Recreational and Industrial Water Treatment (1) 311 82    
Disinfectants and Sanitizers (2) 25 7    
Other Specialty Biocides (3) 44 12    
Total 379 100    
2007
Recreational and Industrial Water Treatment (1) 319 82    
Disinfectants and Sanitizers (2) 26 7    
Other Specialty Biocides (3) 45 12    
Total 389 100    

Note:Totals do not sum due to rounding.

Source: EPA estimates based on EPA proprietary data.
(1) “Recreational and Industrial Water Treatment” does not include hypochlorite or chlorine use.
(2) “Disinfectants and Sanitizers” includes industrial/institutional applications and household cleaning products. Does not include hypochlorite or chlorine use.
(3)“Other Specialty Biocides” includes biocides for adhesives and sealants, leather, synthetic latex polymers, metalworking fluids, paints and coatings, petroleum products, plastics, mineral slurries, and textiles.

Table 3.13
Wood Preservatives Used in the United States
By End-Use Market, 2006 and 2007 Estimates

Year Total
End Use Mil lbs
%  
2006
Waterborne Preservatives 183 19  
Oilborne Preservatives 23 2  
Creosote 779 79  
Total 985 100  
2007
Waterborne Preservatives 185 19  
Oilborne Preservatives 23 2  
Creosote 746 78  
Total 954 100  

Note:Due to lack of data resources, data are only available for the years 2006 and 2007. Percentages for 2007 do not sum to 100 due to rounding.

Source: Statistical Overview of the U.S. Wood Preservatives Industry: 2006 and 2007. by Richard P. Vlosky. "Wood Preservatives" include creosote, pentachlorophenol, chromated copper arsenate (CCA), and micronized copper systems.

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