EPA Prohibits 72 Ingredients in Pesticides
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced its intention to prohibit the use of 72 inert ingredients in pesticides. Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide the EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety, at which point the agency will consider whether to allow their use.
The EPA is taking this action in response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others requesting that the agency issue a rule requiring disclosure of 371 inert ingredients found in pesticide products. Instead, the EPA will evaluate potential risks of inert ingredients and reduce risks, as appropriate. The agency notes that many of the 72 inert ingredients removed with this action are on the list of 371 identified by the petitioners as hazardous.