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Pesticide News Story: Comment Period Extended for Soil Fumigants

For Release: August 24, 2007

As part of EPA's ongoing evaluation of soil fumigant pesticides, and in response to further requests from stakeholders, the Agency is extending the public comment period on risk reduction options until November 3, 2007. On May 2, 2007, EPA issued revised human health risk assessments and requested public comment on risk-reduction options for the soil fumigants: methyl bromide, metam sodium, dazomet, and chloropicrin. Another soil fumigant, 1,3-dichloropropene (telone) is included for comparison purposes, but its reassessment is complete and few if any regulatory changes are anticipated. More information on soil fumigant risk mitigation options, and how to submit comments is available on EPA’s Web site.

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