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EPA Proposes New Herbicide Active Ingredient: Glufosinate-P

Summary of Proposal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their proposed intention to register the new herbicide active ingredient, Glufosinate-P, providing a potential solution for controlling weeds in several types of crops including corn, sweet corn, soybeans, cotton, and canola, following a review and further measures for the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Glufosinate-P is deemed to have no human health risks, and potential risks to the environment would be mitigated through strict rules and guidelines, ensuring safety across species and habitats. Nonetheless, EPA welcomes public comments before finalizing the decision.

Insight for the Pesticide Applicator

Glufosinate-P, an isomer of the currently registered herbicide glufosinate, is proposed to be the active ingredient in new products aimed at controlling weeds in non-tolerant and glufosinate-resistant crops. Not only is this pesticide considered to have no human health risks, but it also could result in fewer chemicals entering the environment compared to the currently registered glufosinate. Key to remember is flexibility in application timing, allowing for postemergence weed control and early season use.

Moreover, the proposed herbicide requires approximately half the application rate compared to conventional glufosinate, potentially increasing efficiency. However, ecological draft risk assessment has identified risks for plants and some animals exposed to residues from off-site spray drift.

Proposed mitigation measures include geographical and seasonal restrictions on application, soil management practices that reduce runoff, and maintaining a specific boundary during aerial application to ensure safety. It’s anticipated these measures would prevent harm to non-target species and federally listed endangered and threatened species, making it an eco-friendlier choice.

Before embracing this chemical, it’s crucial to be informed about upcoming regulations and potential implications. With only 30 days of open public comment, final decisions will be made promptly following this period—based on feedback received and final evaluations by the EPA. This decision emphasizes the need for staying updated on pesticide safety and regulatory changes.

To further inform yourself, read more about these proposed registration and participate in the public comment period by visiting www.regulations.gov, docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2020-0250.

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