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Date

February 23, 2009

Title

Task Force Responds to NRDC Petition – February 23, 2009

Abstract

February 23, 2009 -- The Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data posted an official response today to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Petition to Revoke All Tolerances and Cancel All Registrations for the Pesticide 2,4-D. This petition The Task Force Response is posted below:

The Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data and the many users of 2,4-D are proud of the more than 300 state-of-the art GLP mammalian toxicity, ecotoxicity, environmental fate and residue studies that support 2,4-D registrations. EPA’s recent Re-registration Eligibility Decision (RED) of 2,4-D thoroughly reviewed this data base against the demanding registration, food and children safety standards of FIFRA and FQPA of 1996. As well, other governmental authorities, such as Canada’s PMRA and the EU’s pesticide regulatory authority have given 2,4-D a clean bill of health.

Simply put, few pesticides, indeed few substances, have been so thoroughly tested and so often reviewed by authorities worldwide as the herbicide 2,4-D. The NRDC petition raises no new issues that have not been thoroughly considered by others before and, significantly, raises no new evidence.

The Task Force will submit its own comments on the NRDC petition that will carefully respond to each allegation. We are confident that the Agency will deny the petition and re-confirm its 2005 decision that when used according to its label directions 2,4-D meets FIFRA and FQPA standards for registration and residue tolerances.

Download PDF: Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Petition to Revoke All Tolerances and Cancel All Registrations for the Pesticide 2,4-D