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Pesticide News Story: EPA To Revoke All Tolerances for the Pesticide Carbofuran

For Release: August 1, 2008

Following up on a July 24 announcement of its plans to revoke all tolerances (maximum residue limits) for the pesticide carbofuran, EPA has opened a public comment period and will accept comments on the proposed tolerance revocation through September 29, 2008. The Agency has concluded that there are considerable risks associated with carbofuran in food and drinking water, and is revoking the regulations that allow carbofuran residues in food.

Revoking carbofuran tolerances is part of a broader series of Agency actions to cancel all uses of carbofuran in the United States due to dietary, occupational, and ecological risks of concern. The cancellation process requires the development of several documents, including this proposed tolerance revocation. After moving to revoke carbofuran tolerances, EPA subsequently plans to publish a final Notice of Intent to Cancel. In 2006, EPA identified significant risks from the use of carbofuran and concluded that all uses must be canceled. For additional information or to find out how to provide comments, see the EPA Federal Register notice or visit EPA's carbofuran Web page.

For general information contact Jude Andreasen, by mail at: Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001; by phone at: (703) 308-9342; by fax at: (703) 308-8090; or by e-mail Jude Andreasen (andreasen.jude@epa.gov).

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