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Request ID: 191
Request From: Steve Toth
Date Requested: Jan 23, 2009
Request: State Contacts: Please note the following request for information regarding EPA's new chemigation labeling. If you comment or receive comments from your stakeholders, please forward them to Wilfred Burr (Wilfred.burr@ars.usda.gov) and the Southern Region IPM Center's Information Requests Monitoring System. Note the Febraury 6, 2009 deadline for responding. Steve Toth ---------------------------------------------- Following is an announcement and proposal by EPA to develop new chemigation labeling. They are seeking comments. Please pass this on to those in your region who may be affected and ask them to comment if they wish. Respond directly to EPA but please ask them to cc me at Wilfred.burr@ars.usda.gov so that we know what is being said to EPA. Thank you for your help. Subject: Pesticide products applied through irrigation systems - EPA is seeking comments on a discussion paper as the Agency is considering developing new guidance for the labeling of pesticide products applied through irrigation systems, or 'chemigation'. Organization: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Source: EPA web site Comments Due By: February 6, 2009 EPA Requests Comment on their new Chemigation Labeling Paper proposing to revise PR Notice 87-1 http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/labels/projects.htm Comments are due February 6, 2009 to OPP_labelling_consistency@epa.gov Date Released: 2008-12-05 Web site: A related EPA news story is at http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2008/chemigation.html The Chemigation discussion paper is at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/labels/chemigation.pdf

Responses
Responder: Mark Mossler
State: FL
Date Requested: Jan 26, 2009
Response: This information has been forwarded to the FL/PR/VI network.

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: PR
Date Requested: Jan 26, 2009
Response: This information has been forwarded to the FL/PR/VI network.

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: VI
Date Requested: Jan 26, 2009
Response: This information has been forwarded to the FL/PR/VI network.

Responder: Patty Lucas
State: KY
Date Requested: Feb 04, 2009
Response: This information was forwarded however due to a major ice storm Kentucky has suffered an extensive power outage since January 27th.

Responder: Holly Gatton
State: VA
Date Requested: Feb 05, 2009
Response: Chemigation is not used extensively in Virginia agriculture, except perhaps by greenhouse growers. After contacting our state specialists, the only response I received was the following from Dr. Erik Ervin: "Holly, I only work with turfgrass managers and growers and this labeling change would not have an effect on them." Our greenhouse specialist did not get back to me.

Responder: Patty Lucas
State: KY
Date Requested: Feb 05, 2009
Response: The following comments concerning the discussion paper on application of pesticide products through irrigation system are from Matthew E. Byers, Ph.D. Onsite Manager Zoeller Company 3649 Cane Run Road Louisville, KY 40211-1961 502-778-2731 mattb@zoeller.com 1) Language seems pretty good to me. The only thing that stuck out, was that signs should be English and Spanish. 2) If not such guidance is available in any state, the USEPA needs to specify should provide a list of suitable publications. 3) Not sure, I've been out of chemigation for awhile. 4) EPA needs to lead. 5) EPA needs to be careful, and show wise use of its position. It should select based on risk assessment which areas require enhanced regulation. Language needs to be helpful, where it cannot enforce. Be smart, inform and educate. 6)EPA should lead. EPA should assist states on their guidance and websites. Consumers need to link in to local sources. 7) nope.

Responder: Darrell Hensley
State: TN
Date Requested: Feb 16, 2009
Response: For Tennessee, some irrigation includes the injection of fertilizers, especially in the commercial vegetable production. Very little chemigation is done in commercial vegetable production and/or nursery production. Very little fertigation occurs in field crops and would be extremely rare for chemigation.

Responder: Mark Matocha
State: TX
Date Requested: Feb 23, 2009
Response: I did not receive any response from interested parties for this request.

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