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From October 11, 2001

EPA Announces Chlorpyrifos Product Cancellations

EPA has issued an order deleting uses and canceling many products containing the insecticide chlorpyrifos. This order follows up on EPA's June 27, 2001, proposal to cancel or modify registrations for 94 products containing the pesticide chlorpyrifos, based on an earlier agreement with manufacturers. The phase-out agreement, which was struck between industry and EPA in June 2000, prohibited the sale of many residential uses of products containing chlorpyrifos by December 31, 2001, although existing stock may be used indefinitely.

EPA's recent order covers 76 products that are canceled and 18 products for which labels are modified to delete uses affected by the agreement. The agreement requires deletion of the following uses:

-all termite control uses (these will be phased out, and the concentration of chlorpyrifos in the products will be limited during the phase-out);

-all residential uses (except for ant and roach baits in child resistant packaging (CRP) and fire ant mound drenches for public health purposes by licensed applicators and mosquito control for public health purposes by public health agencies);

-all indoor non-residential uses (except ship holds, industrial plants, manufacturing plants, food processing plants, containerized baits in CRP, and processed wood products treated during the manufacturing process at the manufacturing site or at the mill);

- all outdoor nonresidential sites (except golf courses, road medians, industrial plant sites, fence posts, utility poles, railroad ties, landscape timbers, logs, pallets, wooden containers, poles, posts, processed wood products, manhole covers, and underground utility cable and conduits; and fire ant mound drenches for public health purposes by licensed applicators and mosquito control for public health purposes by public health agencies).

Information about the agreement to reduce risks associated with use of chlorpyrifos can be found on EPA's website at www.epa.gov/pesticides/announcement6800.htm/. The Federal Register notice announcing these cancellations and use deletions is available at www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/.