Reducing VOC Emissions from Nonfumigant Pesticide Products
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Regulations to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from nonfumigant pesticides apply to high-VOC products containing abamectin, chlorpyrifos, gibberellins, or oxyfluorfen when used in the San Joaquin Valley ozone nonattainment area. The regulations do not apply to low-VOC products for any active ingredients. The prohibitions on the high-VOC products will be in effect May 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015.
- Fact sheet, PDF (57 kb) with overview of regulations
- The San Joaquin Valley ozone nonattainment area includes all of the following counties: Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and
- Regulations associated with reducing VOC emissions from nonfumigant products
Products designated as high-VOC, low-VOC, or excluded – Products containing abamectin, chlorpyrifos, gibberellins, or oxyfluorfen are designated as either high-VOC, low-VOC, or excluded from the regulations. VOC requirements pertain only to high-VOC products. The designation for a specific product is based on the active and inert ingredients in the product, the amounts of the ingredients, and if the label includes agricultural uses.
- Criteria and lists of high-VOC, low-VOC, and excluded products, PDF (159 kb) (Updated October 12, 2015)
Sales and use requirements for high-VOC products – The regulations include requirements for pest control dealers selling a high-VOC product for use in the San Joaquin Valley. The regulations also include requirements for agricultural pest control advisers and growers prior to using a high-VOC product between May 1 and October 31 in the San Joaquin Valley for the following seven crops: alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes, pistachios, or walnuts. There are no VOC requirements to sell or use low-VOC or excluded products.
- Pest control dealers fact sheet, PDF (57 kb)
- Agricultural pest control advisers fact sheet, PDF (59 kb)
- Growers fact sheet, PDF (58 kb)
Use prohibitions for high-VOC products – DPR tracks VOC emissions on an annual basis based on pesticide use reports. The 2013 pesticide VOC emissions inventory exceeded the specified trigger level. Therefore, most uses of high-VOC products are prohibited for the seven crops during May-October in the San Joaquin Valley. The high-VOC prohibitions must remain in effect for at least two years.
Compliance assistance – The following tools will assist pest control dealers, pest control advisers, and growers in complying with the nonfumigant VOC regulations, as well as voluntarily reducing VOC emissions.
- VOC calculator – Web-based tool for calculating VOC emissions from agricultural applications of nonfumigant pesticides
- Conservation management practices guide, PDF (431 kb) – Reducing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions from Agricultural Pesticide Applications
- EQIP – The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service - Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides matching funds for certain agricultural practices that improve the environment, including switching to low-VOC pesticide products
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