CA DPR To Designate Rodenticide
Products as Restricted Materials
By Laurie Greene, Associate Editor
The Department of Pesticide
Regulation (DPR) proposes to amend and adopt sections of Title 3, California
Code of Regulations. The proposed action would designate the active ingredients
brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, and difethialone as
California-restricted materials, making all second-generation anticoagulant
rodenticide (SGAR) products restricted materials.
Also, this proposed action would add
additional use restrictions for SGARs and revise the definition of private
applicator to refer to the federal definition of agricultural commodity
found in the Code of Federal Regulations section 171.2(5).
Any interested person may present comments in writing about the
proposed action to the agency by emailing <email@example.com>
or faxing 916-324-1452
no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 3, 2013.
A public hearing is not scheduled. However, one will be
scheduled if any interested person submits a written request to DPR no later
than 15 days prior to the close of the written comment period.
DPR has determined that the proposed
regulatory action does affect small businesses.
As background, pesticides must be
registered (licensed for sale and use) with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (U.S. EPA) before they can be registered in California. DPR’s
preregistration evaluation is in addition to, and complements, U.S. EPA’s evaluation.
Before a pesticide can be sold or used, both agencies require data on a
product’s toxicology and chemistry, how it behaves in the environment, its
effectiveness against targeted pests, the hazards it poses to non-target
organisms, its effect on fish and wildlife, and its degree of worker exposure.
DPR’s current definition of private
applicator refers to an individual who uses or supervises the use of a
pesticide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity.
The term agricultural commodity
means any plant, or part thereof, or animal, or animal product produced by a
person (including farmers, ranchers, vineyardists, plant propagators, among
others) primarily for sale, consumption, propagation, or other use by man or
In addition, U.S. EPA specified as a
term/condition of sale/distribution in the reregistration notices of all SGAR
products that the registrant can only sell or distribute these products in a
manner that results in sales in stores oriented towards agricultural consumers
(i.e., farm, agricultural, tractor stores) and pest control operators.
DPR anticipates delaying the
effective date of this regulation by as much as six months to ensure there is
adequate time for entities impacted by these regulations to comply with the new
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