The Environmental Protection Agency has until 2022 to reevaluate the registration for chlorpyrifos, but the leader of the agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention doesn’t expect it to take that long.
Speaking Tuesday to members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, OCSPP Assistant Administrator Alexandra Dunn (pictured above) said the EPA will expedite the review of chlorpyrifos and hopes to complete their work prior to the 2022 deadline because “we recognize that certainty around the future of chlorpyrifos as well as the other organophosphates is very important to the growers.”
The agency is also working to comply with a court order to address concerns stemming from a denied 2007 petition from the Pesticide Action Network North America and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the EPA to respond to objections to that denial by July, but Dunn said “the action you see us take July will probably not completely resolve the agency’s standing on chlorpyrifos at this time.”
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