DPR 22-001 Neonicotinoid Pesticide Exposure Protection

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DPR 22-001 Neonicotinoid Pesticide Exposure Protection (Noticed 2/25/22; Comment period closed 4/26/22 4/26/22; “15-day” comment period 10/5/22-10/21/22 [15-day changes posted below])

DPR proposes to adopt sections 6990 through 6990.16 of Title 3, California Code of Regulations as control measures necessary to protect pollinator health as identified in the “California Neonicotinoid Risk Determination” and “Addendum to the July 2018 California Neonicotinoid Risk Determination.” The proposed control measures would affect the pesticide regulatory program activities pertaining to pesticide use and enforcement by regulating certain production agricultural applications of pesticide products containing the nitroguanidine-substituted neonicotinoid active ingredients, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam (collectively referred to as neonicotinoids). In summary, the proposed control measures consist of application method and rate restrictions, application timing restrictions, and seasonal application rate caps for the four-neonicotinoid active ingredients and are specific based on crop group.

A virtual public hearing was held on April 25, 2022 to receive oral or written comments regarding the proposed changes.

DPR is holding a 15-day comment period for proposed changes to the regulations that were publicly noticed on February 25, 2022 and for the addition of two “Documents Relied Upon” to the rulemaking file. DPR will accept written comments relevant to the modifications or additional “documents relied upon” between October 5, 2022, and 5:00 p.m. on October 21, 2022. Written comments relevant to the modifications may be sent via e-mail; or may be directed to Ms. Lauren Otani, Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), Department of Pesticide Regulation, 1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015, Sacramento, California 95812-4015. FAX: (916) 324-1491. Comments that are submitted via U.S. mail must be postmarked no later than October 21, 2022. Comments regarding this proposed action that are transmitted via e-mail or fax must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 21, 2022.