The California Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) released new proposed control measures for Chloropicrin use on May 15. It is important to note that these measures, as proposed, are more stringent than both the EPA’s and DPR’s current application requirements. The new control measures would make changes to buffer zones, buffer zone credits, minimum buffer zones, acreage application limitations, overlapping buffer zones, emergency preparedness and response, notice of intent requirements, and tarp cutting limitations.
Chloropicrin has been safely used for more than 50 years and is a critical component in the growing of healthy California crops. It protects billions of dollars of crops which in turn are providers of thousands of farm jobs. Western Growers will be working with DPR to ensure that any new control measures allow for the safe and continued use of this vital tool. A video can be viewed here that reviews some of the facts regarding Chloropicrin.
DPR will be holding community and technical meetings on the following dates and times where participants can learn more about the proposed control measures. Click here to access that information.
Please contact WGA’s Matthew Allen at 916-446-1435 if you have any questions.
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