Cancellation Date for Azinphos-methyl
is September 30, 2012


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completed a final risk-benefit analysis and decided to maintain Sept. 30, 2012 as the effective date for cancellation of the remaining uses of AZM, on apples, blueberries, sweet and tart cherries, parsley, and pears. AZM can present health risks to workers and cause negative ecological impacts, while effective alternatives to this insecticide are available to growers.

Due to unusual bad weather conditions in 2012, EPA will modify the cancellation order to allow growers to use only existing stocks of AZM in their possession for another year, through Sept. 30, 2013. All the required mitigation measures now reflected on AZM labeling will remain in effect during this use. Distribution or sale of AZM after Sept. 30, 2012, remains prohibited. This decision will not result in greater use of AZM than originally anticipated, and provides a safer alternative to disposal arrangements.

AZM was used to control insect pests on a wide variety of agricultural crops and on ornamentals, tobacco, and trees. In 2001, EPA canceled or phased-out certain uses because of concerns regarding worker health and negative ecological impacts.  In 2006, EPA announced a final decision to phase-out the remaining ten AZM uses in three phases, with the last uses ending September 30, 2012. This phase-out helped facilitate the transition to safer alternatives, and includes mitigation measures such as reduced application rates and buffer zones around water bodies and occupied dwellings.

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