Synthetic pyrethroids, an important class of insecticides for nursery and floriculture production and landscape management, are undergoing an EPA registration review with a focus on certain potential environmental effects.
According to AmericanHort, pyrethroids such as bifenthrin “have long been important in our industry. In fact, they are the lynchpin for compliance with key federal quarantines like the one for imported fire ant. With marketplace and some state regulatory pressures limiting the use of neonicotinoid insecticides, pyrethroids have become even more important as alternatives, especially in regards to control of invasive species.”
AmericanHort and its state association grassroots partners are working to mobilize comments to EPA in the weeks ahead.
“Please watch for and respond to our call to action. Your timely response will be critical toward ensuring these important tools remain in the industry’s pest management toolkit to be used in accordance with all appropriate environmental and worker protection safeguards.
“We don’t want to lose these valuable tools unnecessarily. Comments are due by January 31, 2017. An extension was requested to move this date to March 31, but EPA has not confirmed that this will be granted. Therefore, our industry must respond now until we know the extension is official.”
Reprinted with permission from AmericanHort. Originally published at AmericanHort.org/KnowledgeCenter on January 3, 2017.