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Pesticide News Story: Chlorpyrifos Pre-Construction Termiticide Products Phase Out on December 31, 2005

For Release: September 30, 2005

As of December 31, 2005, chlorpyrifos products may no longer be distributed, sold, or used for pre-construction termite control. On August 30, EPA released a notice to distributors, retailers, and pest control operators, reminding them of this deadline and providing an exit strategy for chlorpyrifos pre-construction termite control products. The notice provides information to help sellers and users make informed decisions about managing their existing inventories of these products, including stocks that remain after the end of this year. EPA’s goal in issuing the notice is to identify companies or individuals who anticipate having remaining stocks after December 31, and to work with them and their state pesticide regulatory officials sooner rather than later to develop strategies for lawfully depleting these stocks. For example, relabeling and/or stickering the products for other lawful uses already on the label can help deplete any existing stocks. The termination of chlorpyrifos pre-construction termite control use is the result of a June 2000 agreement between EPA and the manufacturers to phase out and cancel most residential uses of chlorpyrifos. Following this agreement, the Agency completed an Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED) for the organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos in September 2001. For additional information, including the pre-construction termite control use notice, see the Agency’s chlorpyrifos web page, http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/op/chlorpyrifos.htm .

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