Note: This information is provided for reference purposes only. Although the information provided here was accurate and current when first created, it is now outdated.
GENERAL OVERVIEW: REDUCED-RISK PESTICIDE PROGRAM
Goal: EPA's Reduced-risk Initiative expedites the registration of conventional pesticides that the Agency believes pose less risk to human health and the environment than existing alternatives. The goal of the program is to quickly register commercially viable alternatives to riskier pesticides such as neurotoxins, carcinogens, reproductive and developmental toxicants and groundwater contaminants. The Initiative, begun in 1993, provides a major incentive for registrants to develop reduced-risk pesticides and ensures these pesticides are available to growers as soon as possible.
Definition: Conventional reduced-risk pesticides have one or more of the following advantages over existing products: low impact on human health, low toxicity to non-target organisms (birds, fish, and plants), low potential for groundwater contamination, lower use rates, low pest resistance potential, and compatibility with Integrated Pest Management. (Biological pesticides, which also have many of these desirable characteristics, are handled through a different expediting process.)
Incentives: The major incentive for a company to come in with a reduced-risk pesticide is registration time. Reduced-risk pesticides are registered in about one-third the time required to register a conventional non-reduced-risk pesticide (on average, 16 months vs 38 months). This allows the chemical to be introduced into the market at the earliest possible time and displace riskier alternatives as soon as possible. It also allows the registrant several additional growing seasons under patent. In addition, although companies are not allowed to put a reduced-risk claim on their labels, EPA believes that companies use the reduced-risk status to marketing advantage.
Procedure: Companies, upon filing a registration application, have the option of compiling a Reduced-risk Rationale and applying for reduced-risk status. The Reduced-risk Committee (composed of Agency experts on human health, environmental fate and effects, biological pesticides, economics, registration, reregistration, and external affairs) reviews the chemical's reduced-risk claims. A meeting is held with the registrant and the Reduced-risk Committee within four weeks of the application. At the meeting, the registrant gives a brief presentation and then answers questions from the Agency. The committee then deliberates and decides to grant or deny reduced-risk status. The average time for a reduced-risk status decision is 30 days.
Trends: Interest in the Reduced-risk initiative continues to grow. Each year the number of applications for reduced risk status has increased. The initiative has received 50 requests for reduced risk to date with 19 of those requests in the past year.
Program Status: See the next page for detailed status of the Reduced-Risk Pesticide Program.
Reduced-Risk Chemicals Program Status (as of 5/12/98)
|Application Date||Month Registered|
|Hexaflumuron||Termiticide||Below ground bait station||January 1993||March 1994|
|Methyl Anthranilate||Bird Repellent||Food crops||October 1992||September 1994|
|Flumiclorac-pentyl||Herbicide||Corn, Soybean||June 1993||November 1994|
|Tebufenozide||Insecticide||Walnut||October 1993||May 1995|
|Hymexazol||Fungicide||Sugarbeet||August 1993||August 1995|
|Fludioxonil||Fungicide||Corn||December 1993||October 1995|
|Cadre||Herbicide||Peanut||July 1994||March 1996|
|Mefenoxam||Fungicide||Ornamentals, Citrus, Nuts, Fruit Trees, Forestry||September 1995||March 1996|
|Azoxystrobin||Fungicide||Turf||June 1995||February 1997|
|Spinosad||Insecticide||Cotton||December 1994||February 1997|
|alpha-Metolachlor||Herbicide||All metolachlor uses||January 1996||March 1997|
|Imazamox||Herbicide||Soybeans||December 1995||May 1997|
|Hexaflumuron(1)||Termiticide||Above-ground bait station||January 1997||March 1997|
|Azoxystrobin1||Fungicide||Grape, Banana, Peach, Tomato, Pecan, Peanut||June 1995
|Fludioxonil1||Fungicide||Potato||April 1997||October 1997|
|Diflubenzuron1||Insecticide||Below ground termite bait station||November 1997||January 1998|
|Cyprodinil||Fungicide||Stone Fruit||February 1996||April 1998|
|Chemical||Pesticide Type||Use(s)||Application Date||Month Registered|
|Tralkoxydim||Herbicide||Wheat, Barley||August 1996|
|Carfentrazone||Herbicide||Wheat, Corn||November 1996|
|s-Dimethenamid||Herbicide||Corn, Soybean, Peanut||June 1997|
|Fenhexamid||Fungicide||Grape, Strawberry, Ornamental||June 1997|
|Azoxystrobin||Fungicide||Almond, Cucurbit, Rice, Wheat||July 1997|
|Tebufenozide||Insecticide||Pome Fruit, Cotton, Leafy Vegetables, Cole Crops, Sugarcane, Pecan, Forestry, Fruiting Vegetables, Ornamentals||September 1997|
|Pymetrozine||Insecticide||Potato, Cucurbit, Tomato, Tobacco||October 1997|
|DPX-MP062||Insecticide||Cotton, Tomato, Pepper, Cole Crops, Lettuce, Sweet Corn, Apple, Pear||December 1997|
|Trifloxystrobin||Fungicide||Pome Fruit, Grape, Cucurbit, Peanut, Turf, Banana||January 1998|
|Pyriproxyfen||Insecticide||Apple, Pear, Walnut||January 1998|
|Acibenzolar-S-methyl||Plant Activator||Tomato, Lettuce, Tobacco||April 1998|
|Fludioxonil||Fungicide||Various seed treatments||April 1998|
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