US: NPC asks EPA to keep chlorpyrifos available

Last week National Potato Council and an alliance of organizations wrote to EPA Administrator Pruitt in support of chlorpyrifos. EPA is to decide by month’s end on whether to revoke all tolerances of the insecticide as demanded in a 2007 petition filed by an environmental group. The Agency’s actions thus far seem to ignore established, scientifically sound analysis mandated by statute in order to implement a policy shift on chlorpyrifos. In light of the unprecedented regulatory action that EPA is proposing to undertake and the results it will have, NPC and others asked the EPA to deny the petition, maintain the existing tolerances and complete FIFRA’s registration review process for chlorpyrifos.