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2011-07-26 20:54:43

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers have found a way to help growers minimize emissions of fumigants used as soil treatments. Research leader Sharon Papiernik, with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Brookings, S.D., used specially designed chambers to test the permeability of dozens of films used to cover fumigated soil. ARS is USDA's chief intramural scientific research agency, and the research supports the USDA commitment...

2011-03-16 17:18:06

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists trying to help Florida growers find a replacement for methyl bromide are studying an alternative soil treatment that uses molasses as one of its ingredients. Researchers with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are examining whether a cropping system that uses molasses to stimulate microbial activity could be used to replace the popular fumigant. They also are studying recently developed fumigants. The work, presented at the recent...

2009-08-03 14:39:45

A peer review of the pesticide methyl iodide has been reinstated after complaints that California officials were rushing its approval, officials say. The state Department of Pesticide Regulation had suspended the review of the fumigant after California was hit by a budget crisis, but that move brought protests from environmentalists contending regulators were bowing to pressure from strawberry growers to approve the known carcinogen, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. A group of 27 state...

2009-06-18 11:18:00

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmworker unions, support groups, and worker advocacy organizations today asked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to stop the pesticide poisoning of farmworker communities and uphold the Obama administration's commitment to environmental justice. Citing a long EPA history of "inhumane neglect of toxic pesticide effects on farmworker community health," the groups asked the Administrator to amend a recent May 2009...

2009-02-03 16:16:36

Technically, economically feasible alternatives indicated through researchMethyl bromide (MeBr) is a highly effective broad-spectrum fumigant used extensively in U.S. agriculture to control a wide variety of pests. Under the Montreal protocol of 1991, however, MeBr was defined as one of the chemicals that contributed to the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer, resulting in an incremental reduction in the amount of MeBr produced and imported in the U.S. In January 2005, a total phase...

2008-08-22 15:00:42

Sir, I wish to publicly say thank you to the Nelson Mail for the continued coverage of the methyl bromide issue. Finally, we see some constructive action to mitigate the effects of this deadly chemical. This action is long overdue, and has been forced on a reluctant fumigation industry. It's come after years of effort, by the families of those men who died after working at the port, by the Citizens Against Toxic Spray, the people of Nelson, and by the courage of the media. The Nelson Mail...

2006-08-29 15:55:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Industry and U.S. environmental officials said on Tuesday that a new federal appeals court decision affirms that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not break clean air laws when it let chemical companies boost supplies of the contentious pesticide methyl bromide. "EPA is pleased with the court's decision. EPA and the Bush Administration remain committed to finishing the job of restoring and protecting the ozone layer, protecting public health and meeting...

2006-08-29 16:15:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Industry and U.S. environmental officials said on Tuesday that a new federal appeals court decision affirms that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not break clean air laws when it let chemical companies boost supplies of the contentious pesticide methyl bromide. "EPA is pleased with the court's decision. EPA and the Bush Administration remain committed to finishing the job of restoring and protecting the ozone layer, protecting public health and...

2005-06-13 15:29:59

St. Paul, Minn. (June 13, 2005) - Alternatives to a powerful pesticide that was found be an ozone depletor are now being evaluated in agricultural production areas of Florida, say plant pathologists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service. In 1987, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol called for the phase-out of methyl bromide, a soil fumigant used to control soilborne fungi, nematodes, and weeds of more than 100 crops worldwide. The phase out was based on methyl bromide's ability to...