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Pesticide News Story: EPA Order Denies Objections to Agency Decision Not to Revoke Food Tolerances for Dichlorvos; Confirms EPAs Safety Finding for Tolerances

For Release: August 29, 2012; Updated September 5, 2012

The EPA has denied an objection filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council to a 2008 agency order regarding pesticide tolerances for the insecticide dichlorvos or DDVP. Previously, in June 2006, NRDC filed a petition requesting that the EPA revoke all DDVP tolerances, or maximum residue limits in food. The EPA denied NRDC’s petition as well as NRDC’s objections to the agency’s decision to deny NRDC’s petition. 

Concluding a lengthy administrative process, the EPA’s recent order upholds the agency’s original finding that DDVP tolerances meet the safety standard of the FFDCA and protect the safety of infants and children.

For more information, see the EPA's September 5, 2012 Federal Register document, Dichlorvos (DDVP); Order Denying NRDC’s Objections on Remand, which is available in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2002-0302 at www.regulations.gov.  The order and other documents related to EPA’s review of DDVP are also available on the dichlorvos page in Chemical Search at www.epa.gov/pesticides/chemicalsearch/.

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