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Pesticide News Story: EPA to Hold Pesticide Cancellation Hearing

For Release: March 11, 2013

On March 6th, the pesticide manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser Inc. requested a hearing in response to the EPA’s notice of intent to cancel 12 of the company’s D-Con mouse and rat poison products, averting the ban that otherwise would have taken effect on March 7th. The 12 D-Con products fail to comply with EPA’s current safety standards and pose unreasonable risks to children, pets and wildlife. This is the first time in more than 20 years that a company has declined to voluntarily implement EPA risk mitigation measures for a pesticide product and requested a cancellation hearing.  

While EPA is confident it will prevail in the hearing, the agency is disappointed that Reckitt Benckiser’s course of action will result in continued unsafe exposures of D-Con products to children, pets, and wildlife while the hearing takes place. Of the nearly 30 companies that produce or market mouse and rat poison products in the U.S., Reckitt Benckiser is the only one that has refused to adopt the safety measures that greatly reduce child, pet, and non-target wildlife exposure to mouse and rat poisons.  

Consumers should be aware that the D-Con products subject to EPA’s ban may be available for sale by some retailers during the course of the hearing. For a list of the D-Con products EPA is working to ban, visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/mice-and-rats/cancellation-process.html#cancellation. EPA encourages residential consumers to use only mouse and rat products that meet EPA’s safety standards. These products are effective, affordable and widely available at retail stores. For a complete list of these products, visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/mice-and-rats/rodent-bait-station.html

The EPA’s February 5, 2013, Notice of Intent to Cancel is available in EPA docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0049 at www.regulations.gov

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