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Request ID: 173
Request From: Steve Toth
Date Requested: Mar 26, 2007
Request: Note the following request from Al Jennings, USDA OPMP, to circulate the following message to Extension staff and livestock producers to make them aware of EPA's proposed risk mitigation decision for nine rodenticides and the potential burdens it would impose on them. The comment period has been extended to May 18, 2007. Steve Toth ----------------------------------------------------------------------- On January 17, 2007, EPA issued a proposed risk mitigation decision for nine (9) rodenticides: Brodifacoum Bromadiolone Bromethalin Chlorophacinone Cholecalciferol Difethialone Diphacinone Warfarin Zinc Phosphide An EPA summary of the proposal can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/chemicals/rodenticides_fs.htm Basically, the proposal would require: 1) All products for sale to consumers (homeowners) be marketed only in tamper-proof bait stations with solid bait blocks; 2) All products containing Brodifacoum, Bromadiolone, and Difethialone would be classified as “restricted use” pesticides; and 3) All products would be required to have improved label use instructions. Based on a recent meeting with the National Pork Producers Council, it appears that many in the livestock industry may not be aware of the proposed changes. Because livestock producers are not large pesticide users, the pork producers believe that the “restricted-use” classification will require a significant number of livestock producers and their employees to become Certified Applicators and begin keeping records. Could you please make sure that Extension Staff and livestock producers in your region are aware of the EPA proposal and the potential burdens it would impose on them? EPA has extended the comment period until May 18, 2007. Comments on the proposal may be submitted electronically or by mail as follows: ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0955, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. As always, thanks for your support. Allen L. Jennings, Ph.D. Director, Office of Pest Management Policy USDA 202-720-5375 allen.jennings@ars.usda.gov

Responses
Responder: Mark Mossler
State: FL
Date Requested: Mar 26, 2007
Response: This information has been announced via newsletter to FPMIP stakeholders.

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: PR
Date Requested: Mar 26, 2007
Response: This information has been announced via newsletter to FPMIP stakeholders.

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: VI
Date Requested: Mar 26, 2007
Response: This information has been announced via newsletter to FPMIP stakeholders.

Responder: Mike Weaver
State: VA
Date Requested: Apr 12, 2007
Response: The following e-mail message went out to Virginia Cooperative Extension agents, with the attached letter addressed to swine producers in Virginia, on April 6, 2007. This was in response to a result of two requests sent from the SRIPMC VA State Contact (Feb 7 and Mar 22, 2007) asking for input and response to EPA on the rodenticide issue. --------------- Dear VCE Colleagues: Attached is a letter that summarizes information related to a proposed EPA regulation affecting use of various rodenticide products. The details of this information was originally sent out by Mike Weaver’s office. The letter is self explanatory and is meant to help swine (or other livestock producers) understand how this proposed regulation could affect them (and how to make comment to EPA if they so choose). Please feel free to use and distribute the letter as you see fit. Also feel free to modify or edit it and include your name as you see fit. In the note I make reference a Pork Industry Handbook publication on rodent control. I can provide you with copies of that publication if you need them. If you have any questions, please contact me. Regards, Allen Harper @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Allen F. Harper, Ph.D. Extension Animal Scientist - Swine Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC 6321 Holland Road Suffolk, Virginia (USA) 23437 Phone: 757-657-6450, ext. 410 FAX: 757-657-9333 email; alharper@vt.edu
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Responder: Mike Weaver
State: VA
Date Requested: Apr 12, 2007
Response: Here is a response to two requests asking for input to the rodenticide issue sent statewide to Extension agents and pest management specialists on Feb 7 and Mar 22, 2007. This response is from our agent in Mecklenburg County, VA ---------------- Mike, I don’t have specifics on use, but most farms would be using these types of products routinely. Having them restricted-use will be very inconvenient and make normal storage feed and seed difficult. I would say all farmers use these products at least several times a year. I know I do in my outbuildings. Taylor Clarke Unit Coordinator Extension Agent, ANR, Tobacco VCE-Mecklenburg P. O. Box 420 Boydton, VA 23917 Phone: 434/738-6191 Fax: 434/738-6032 cclarke@vt.edu

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