The proposed interim decision for paraquat, if finalized and adopted, would further restrict how the product can be applied by prohibiting aerial applications to crops except to cotton as a harvest aid. The proposal also includes a number of other new restrictions based on certain concerns for human health and ecological risks.
Summary of primary changes:
• Prohibiting aerial application for all uses and use sites except cotton desiccation.
• Prohibiting pressurized handgun and backpack sprayer application methods on the label.
• Limiting the maximum application rate for alfalfa to one pound of active ingredient per acre.
• Requiring enclosed cabs if area treated in 24-hour period is more than 80 acres.
• Requiring enclosed cabs or PF10 respirators if area treated in 24-hour period is 80 acres or less.
• Requiring a residential area drift buffer and 7-day restricted entry interval for cotton desiccation.
• Requiring a 48-hour REI for all crops and uses except cotton desiccation.
• Adding mandatory spray drift management label language.
More below, including links to submit public comments:
Read the announcement:
Read the docket proposal, which also includes a comment link: