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Pesticide News Story: Comment Period Extended for Soil Fumigants

For Release: June 22, 2007

As part of EPA's ongoing evaluation of soil fumigant pesticides, and based on multiple requests from stakeholders, the agency is extending the public comment period on risk reduction options until September 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. EPA recently hosted public meetings on these soil fumigants in Washington State and in Florida, and participated in a public meeting in California where it obtained comments on possible risk mitigation options directly from stakeholders. More information on soil fumigant risk mitigation options, and how to submit comments is available on EPA’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/soil_fumigants/risk_mitigation.htm.

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