The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced on October 9, 2019 that virtually all agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in California will end by December 31, 2020. The move comes as Dow AgroSciences LLC and several other registrants have reached an agreement with DPR to withdraw their products from California. Recent research, cited in recent findings by the state's independent Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants, has shown that chlorpyrifos is also a developmental neurotoxin in children and sensitive populations.
Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate pesticide that is used to control pests on a variety of crops, including alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes and walnuts. Although use of chlorpyrifos in California has declined by about 50 percent in the last decade, and significantly in the last year due to the latest interim restrictions (permit conditions) on chlorpyrifos use, some growers who still use this pesticide to tackle pests will be impacted by the cancellation
In order to support the transition to safer, more sustainable alternatives, DPR and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) are partnering to convene a working group to identify, evaluate, and recommend alternative pest management solutions. DPR and CDFA have scheduled three public workshops throughout California so that members of the public can offer input on the work group's products. All three workshops will offer interpretation services in Spanish.
1/14/2020, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mosqueda Community Center (Reading and Beyond)
4670 E. Butler Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
1/16/2020, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Joe Serna Jr. CalEPA Headquarters Building
Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
1/21/2020, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
South Oxnard Senior Center
200 E. Bard Road
Oxnard, CA 93033
The public can also sign up for continuous updates about the Work Group and other actions related to the chlorpyrifos via the Alternatives list serve.
Description of Work Group Membership
The Alternatives Workgroup will consist of representatives from California universities, environmental justice groups, UC Cooperative Extension and IPM scientists, pesticide registrants, farmworker health and safety organizations, agricultural commissioners, commodity organizations, pest control advisors, product manufacturers, and state agencies.
- Public Roundtable Discussions: 5-year Action Plan to respond to the cancellation of chlorpyrifos in California, PDF (En Español)
Chlorpyrifos Alternatives Work Group Public Roundtable Discussion, PDF
- Press release
- Legal Documentation
- Alternatives Work Group
- FAQ of Working Group
- Active Ingredient: Chlorpyrifos
- Sign-up to receive updates and announcements on DPR's work group to identify, evaluate, and implement safer, more sustainable pest management alternatives to chlorpyrifos at the Alternatives list serve.
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