Wednesday, December 29, 2004

EPA Denies Dow Extension for Dursban Sales

In an earlier post, I reported on the speculation that the EPA was preparing to extend the authorization to sell Dursban (Chlorpyrifos) to home builders for termite protection. Fortunately, that turned out to be an incorrect assessment and I was happy to read that in fact the EPA denied Dow the right to continue the sale of this dangerous pesticide. According to the Washington Post:
On Monday, Debra Edwards, director of EPA's special review and reregistration division, wrote Dow that the new data are "not sufficient to allow" a deadline extension.

EPA spokesman Cynthia Bergman said yesterday that Dow provided information on the effects of the pesticide after construction is complete but that the agency wants more data on exposure throughout the process.

It is nice to report some good news for a change.



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