The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released new proposed control measures for Chloropicrin use on May 15th. It is important to note that these measures, as currently proposed, are more stringent than both the Federal EPA’s and DPR’s current application requirements. The new control measures would make changes to buffer zones, buffer zone credits, acreage application limits, handling of 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 it is a critical component in the growing of healthy California crops. It protects billions of dollars of crops which in turn provide thousands of farm jobs.
Western Growers is working with DPR to ensure that any new control measures allow for the safe and continued use of this vital tool. Our comments have been submitted to DPR which address several concerns that we have regarding the proposal. We urge you to contact DPR directly on this important issue. Please take action now!
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