Oct 4, 2022NPC, state orgs, call on EPA to deny petition to revoke organophosphate registrations
Over the weekend, NPC and 10 state potato organizations submitted formal comments to EPA in response to a petition to revoke tolerances and cancel registrations for certain organophosphate uses, which was brought before the agency by the group Earthjustice.
In the comments, the group calls for EPA to deny the Earthjustice petition, calling it “a blatant attempt to short-circuit the administrative regulatory review process that Congress and the Agency have established to assess pesticide chemicals.” The petition notes that the U.S. potato industry relies on organophosphates such as dimethoate, ethoprop, malathion, phorate, and phosmet as a part of an integrated pest management system for the control of a host of damaging pests and preventing insect borne pathogens.
The group also notes its support of comments submitted by the Minor Crop Farmer Alliance, of which NPC is a member, as part of its rational for denial of the petition.
– National Potato Council