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Request ID: 193
Request From: Steve Toth
Date Requested: Jul 27, 2009
Request: State Contacts: Please note the following opportunity to comment on changes in Azinphos-methyl registrations. Pass along this information to stakeholders in your respective states/territories. Comments are due by September 21, 2009. ---------------------------------- Azinphos-methyl (AZM), an organophosphate insecticide - EPA is seeking comments on a June 18, 2009 request by registrants to amend their registrations to change the rate reductions outlined in the November 16, 2006 final decision for some of the remaining uses of AZM, and to extend the use of aerial application on blueberries in Michigan through the end of the AZM phase out in 2012. Organization: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Summary: On November 16, 2006, EPA issued a final decision to phase out all uses of AZM not later than September 30, 2012 and to require certain interim risk mitigation measures through label changes. Risk mitigation measures in the final decision include buffer zones around water bodies and occupied structures, application rate reductions, and stewardship programs. The request by the registrants is a request to change some of the rate reductions and certain application practices that have been required through the end of the AZM phaseout; the registrants have not requested to extend the use of AZM beyond the September 30, 2012 cancellation date for the remaining uses of AZM. Use of AZM products on Brussels sprouts and nursery stock was prohibited as of September 30, 2008. Use of AZM products on walnuts, almonds, and pistachios is prohibited effective October 30, 2009. All AZM products currently held by registrants are cancelled effective September 30, 2012 (ending use on apples/crabapples, blueberries, cherries, pears, and parsley). In addition to the aforementioned use deletions and product cancellations, the use of AZM was increasingly limited during the phase out period through application rate reductions and other label restrictions, including buffer zones around water bodies and occupied structures. Source: Federal Register: July 22, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 139) Comments Due By: September 21, 2009 Web site: The Federal Register notice is at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-17398.htm Contact: Tom Myers, Chemical Review Manager, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8589; fax number: (703) 308-7070; e-mail address: myers.tom@epa.gov Prepared by: This message was distributed by Cindy Roberts, who may be reached at e-mail: car@fien.com or 202-669-6951 This article (#10140) was distributed by e-mail on July 22, 2009 to those whose names are on the FIEN, LLC Subject Matter Distribution Lists for Crop Protection Cindy Roberts Food Industry Environmental Network, LLC 1464 Harvard St. NW, Suite 14 Washington, DC 20009-4610 Phone: 202-669-6951 --- E-Mail: CAR@fien.com Food Industry Environmental Network, LLC (FIEN, LLC) - see http://www.fien.com - FIEN, LLC is a regulatory and policy e-mail update service for the agriculture and food industry which is operated as a partnership by Jack Cooper and Cindy Roberts Our archive of past messages is searchable at http://www.fien.com/search_article.php

Responses
Responder: bob Belllinger
State: SC
Date Requested: Jul 27, 2009
Not Important/Relevant to my state(s)
Response: Does not affect South Carolina.

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: FL
Date Requested: Jul 28, 2009
Not Important/Relevant to my state(s)
Response: AZM uses listed are almost exclusively West Coast issues.

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: VI
Date Requested: Jul 28, 2009
Not Important/Relevant to my state(s)
Response:

Responder: Mark Mossler
State: PR
Date Requested: Jul 28, 2009
Not Important/Relevant to my state(s)
Response:

Responder: Holly Gatton
State: VA
Date Requested: Sep 21, 2009
Response: From our fruit specialist: This would be a welcome relief for apple and pear growers. While the ending date for AZM use would remain the same, the higher seasonal use rate would make planned use more effective. This has been a widely used insecticide in our orchards, and growers have been having a hard time deciding how to use that final year allotment. - Doug Pfeiffer

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