27 Aug KARA submits comment to EPA on petition to revoke all Neonic residue tolerances
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) requesting
EPA to revoke all tolerances for residues of neonicotinoid pesticides (Imidacloprid, Clothianidin, Dinotefuran, Acetamiprid, and Thiamethoxam), on the alleged basis that the analysis supporting the tolerances is flawed and the tolerances are unsafe for the American population.
This is published for comments by EPA as EPA Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2020-0306, Petition to Revoke All Neonicotinoid Tolerances and Comments Regarding Dietary Exposure. Comments on the petition are due to EPA by Aug. 31st.
KARA’s comment stated the importance Kansas plays as a leading producer in agricultural crops and how adverse regulatory actions affect the sale of inputs and crop protection products utilized in feeding the world.
“Use of neonics in seed treatments reduces the environmental impact on the crop production process by decreasing the necessary number of pesticide applications during the planting season.
Seed treatment also decreases potential exposure to non-target species, including humans and pollinators. The agricultural industry is constantly evolving to improve seed treatment processes. Due to these technological advances, only milligrams of active ingredient are used per individual seed.”
KARA’s full comment is available via the button below.